Here again, we see the staggering amount of gun violence casualties in America. In 2012, there were over 11,000 homicides and over 68,000 assaults involving a gun. And there were more than 21,000 suicides and another 4,000 attempted suicides with a gun. Unlike other less effective methods of suicide, tragically more than 80% of suicide attempts with a firearm are successful. You don’t get a second chance when you choose a gun.
What’s more, there were 18,000 accidental gun injuries, with 500 of them resulting in death. Apparently, there are a lot of not-so-responsible gun owners out there. We hear story after story of people shooting themselves or a family member or friend because they forgot the one in the chamber when cleaning their gun, or they left it unlocked in the nightstand, under the pillow, or in a purse where a child had easy access to it.