Inspired by a post by James Wolcott, here are some facts. Make of them what you will.
FACT: In 2002, there were 1,231 gun deaths in the state of Illinois, a 5% decrease from the 1,293 gun deaths in the state in 2001. The 2002 Illinois gun deaths included:
- 728 homicides (59% of all IL gun deaths),
- 466 suicides (38% of all IL gun deaths),
and 17 unintentional shootings, 6 legal intervention, and 14 of undetermined intent (3% of all IL gun deaths combined).
In 1998, there were 19 gun deaths in Japan, 54 in England and Wales, 151 in Canada.
I'll let you guess how many there were in the U.S. Answer in the first comment below.