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Commentary :: Race
Art of War: Gun Violence in America
13 Jun 2005
600,000 Americans are victimized in handgun crimes each year. In 2002, there were 30,242 gun deaths in the U.S:
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Firearm homicide was the number one cause of death for Black men ages 15-34 and the leading cause of death for all black 15-24 year olds.
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http://woundedinamerica.org

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But
13 Jun 2005
What about the 2 million times a year that guns are used in legitimate self defence situations ? In the VAST majority of these cases, a shot is never fired. Most of your "homicide victims" are gang "kids" killing rivals. More children are killed every year from swimming pool and bicycle accidents (not combined) than from guns. As an African American gun owner, I'm sick of the left warping reality.
No Buts..It's Insane ! (and Dangerous!)
14 Jun 2005
You're the one who's "warping reality". Guns are the problem, not the answer.

And, just for your info: statistics show that A gun kept in the home is 22 times more likely to kill a family member or a friend than it is to be used against an intruder.

Why don't you go to the link provided "Wounded in America" and read some of the interviews...children watching TV in their homes, and being shot.

America's gun laws are insane and the cause of a preventable epidemic. And it is an health epidemic: guns are the leading cause of death for Blacks between the ages of 15 and 25 (the leading cause of death!) So can take the quotes off of "kids"...they're young, and now they're dead because of the availability of guns. And for every one killed, there are three who are horribly wounded....maimed, brain-dead, paralyzed...

It's absolutely insane! (and dangerous!)
To dj
14 Jun 2005
If your facts are correct, where are all the dead bodies ??? I do agree that the gun laws are insane. They are way to Draconian. One disturbing and sad fact you didn't mention is the fact that among African Americans, AIDS is now killing more people than guns. May be a 3 day waiting period before having sex is needed, or better yet, if we go by your logic, may be we should implement the plan that the wack jobs on the far right want.... Warning labels on people with AIDS (I'm serious, someone actually suggested this). You decide. Your choice dj.
Re: Art of War: Gun Violence in America
16 Jun 2005
The facts are correct. Where are all the dead bodies? Where do you think? In the cemeteries. Go to your inner-city grammar school and talk to the kids there, and ask who knows someone who's been killed by guns and you'll find that almost to a child, everyone has a brother, an uncle, a sister, and/or a neighbor who's been killed by a gun.
And, unlike aids, this epidemic is preventable. And, like aids, YOU are in danger whether or not you are Black...Everyone is in danger in this country...and unlike aids, there's no way to be safe...guns are everywhere...and you can be shot driving your car, walking down a street, shopping at your local store, sleeping in your bed. It's an epidemic that's killing and wounding thousands, and it's preventable. We don't have to live in a country that allows millions of guns to be made, purchased, and carried.