I’m sure letter writer Naomi Smith was well intentioned when she stated that 32,363 deaths in 2011 were due to firearms. But she should have said that of that total, 19,766 were suicides and only 11,101 were intentional assaults.
On the other hand, she could have read just a few lines more in that CDC report and pointed out that there were 72,402 drug/alcohol related deaths during the same time period. Maybe we need to spend time on suicide prevention and drug/alcohol problems before we tackle firearms.
Bob Reyes, Homestead