[Nearly half the civilian gun deaths world-wide in developed nations occur in the U.S.  The paragraph below does not indicate how many of these are instances of children shooting themselves or others with guns found in their homes — one of the sad events for Adlai Stevenson, former Democratic candidate for President, was that he shot and killed a little girl with whom he was playing with a loaded rifle he had discovered in a home.

I recall a childhood friend aiming a shotgun at his sister and pretending that he was going to shoot her.  At the last second he aimed at the ceiling instead and fired, blowing a hole through it.  He was shocked.  He had removed the pellets from a shell, so he thought, but did not realize that the shells contained two layers of them.  Had he fired at his sister as he had planned originally, she would either have been dead or badly injured.  And so the gun nuts go on killing themselves and family members.  Note that the suicides outnumber the murders!  I  will never vote for a pol who supports the NRA!  Ed Kent]

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http://www.virtueonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5897

“By contrast, in the U.S. 11,344 were shot and killed, plus 16,750 by suicide. That’s 343 times Japan’s rate! America’s easy availability of guns has made death far more likely.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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