I am writing in regards to your article in the Standard Examiner about the Second Amendment. I am a resident of Utah, who is currently deployed to Iraq. While I personally feel that your bias on the issue is disgusting at best, I will continue to support your right to free speech. Now, to the real issue at hand.
In your story, you claim that over 40,000 people die every year in America due to firearms. At first I was curious if you meant North America, because the number sounded greatly exaggerated. So I decided to go to cdc.gov and take a look for myself.
I could not find a single year where more than 40,000 people died in firearm related instances. So I looked at the year 2005, to find out where you got the number 43,667, the number of people that you claim to have died by firearm in 2005. Guess what I found?
There was one instance where exactly 43,667 people died, and it was not due to firearms, it was automobiles accidents. Oddly enough, this is a good 12,000 more deaths that firearm related deaths, but who cares, right? Cars don't kill people, guns do...
If you are going to submit filth to have printed in a liberal paper, please have your facts straight before you spew your hate. I understand that some people feel that banning firearms will magically solve the worlds problems, because "the good guys" like yourself and your law enforcement buddies will be the only people who have guns.
Your "monumental loss of life" only accounted for 1.5% of all deaths in 2005. Heart disease contributed to 26% of all deaths in 2005. Maybe you should have your sights set on McDonalds, instead of the NRA and lawful gun owners. Please have the Standard Examiner amend your article "to make it better".
Sergeant Kevin Jensen