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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 39,518 suicides in the United States in 2011 (the year for which there are the most recent data). That’s just the reported/confirmed suicides. I’ll write about that a little bit more later. Of those suicides in 2011, 19,990 were by firearm. That’s half of suicides.
Those 19,990 suicides by firearm are more than the number of murders (of all types) in the US in 2011. How many more? Over 5,000 more.
When the National Rifle Association (NRA) goes after the nominee for Surgeon General because he dares say/opine/think that guns are a public health problem, you have to think about it for a second. Are guns a public health problem?