“Of the 30,470 firearm-related deaths in the United States in 2010, 19,392 (63.6%) were suicide deaths, and 11,078 (36.4%) homicide deaths.”
“In Philadelphia, the percentage of those killed in gun homicides that had prior criminal records increased from 73% in 1985 to 93% in 1996.”
Subtracting out suicides and those killed who had a criminal record, in other words, looking at the average law-abiding citizen, about 2,000 Americans are murdered by guns each year.
Now, another interesting fact:
About 32,000 people are killed in automobile accidents each year.
That’s more than total firearm-related deaths, three times more than the numbers of murders using guns, and sixteen times the number of people without criminal records who are killed by guns.
My advice to all those innocent people with no plans to commit suicide who are worried about guns: stay off the roads—they are much deadlier than guns.