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There are roughly 32,000 gun deaths per year in the United States. Of those, around 60% are suicides. About 3% are accidental deaths (between 700-800 deaths). About 34% of deaths (just over 11,000 in both 2010 and 2011) make up the remainder of gun deaths and are classified as homicides.
What is more, and here is the real rub, if anyone was to suggest that a person should have to go through a psychological evaluation, a physical check up, and a full internet history search before purchasing a firearm, most people would be up in arms!
And you know what? I completely agree with that hypothetical angry mob. Why? Because near enough every post on the real issues on this website, which has any value or merit to it, is by definition a red flag to the government of the poster who issued the comment. Because near enough everyone is just a little crazy, and because no one is in the best shape they possibly could be, unless they happen to have one of those mental illnesses that requires rock hard abs and biceps you could crush walnuts with, just to feel secure in their appearance! You would wind up with no one owning guns at all!
Liberty has a cost. It is NOT your tax hit at the end of the year, it is NOT the automatic addition of your entire life to social media. Liberties cost is risk. Liberty is riskier than allowing oneself to be oppressed. Being oppressed may be a terrible thing, but it is easier than providing for your protection from that which seeks dominion over the individual.
The perfect system to protect people from lunatics with firearms, is for no one to be armed at all, not even the criminals. It is not, however, physically possible to guarantee that all weapons have been removed from a continent the size of North America. It is also not possible to maintain a solid border defence at all points around the edges of a country that large, which means legal or not, there will always be guns in the USA, even if they are bought in from elsewhere, so the only choice anyone has over there, is whether or not to carry, not whether or not there should be guns.
There are. They are not going away. Deal with the reality, and embrace your rights folks! Trust me, live in a nation where gun ownership is so heavily restricted that only a small fraction of our people own one. Most of those are shotguns. I can't even carry a knife with me of any decent size for gods sake.