In farm and hunting country, guns are simply tools just like a plow or an axe, as they were when the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written. Just like they are today. (Although back then they didn’t have air rifles capable of firing pellets close to the speed of sound).
What would our Founding Fathers have done about assault rifles? Probably they would have ordered a few hundred wagonloads of them.
Now we hear that suicide rates among middle-aged Americans increased sharply from 1999 to 2010. Many news sites quote the Center for Disease Control: “...researchers speculated the rise in suicide rates among middle-aged adults could be a result of the recent economic downturn from the recession that lasted from 2007 through 2009. Higher suicide rates are often observed during economic hardships, according to the CDC.” (Quote from CBS News).
Blink and you’ll miss the good news: the recession ended in 2009! Hot dog!
More people are dying from suicide than from motor vehicle accidents. That’s because nobody can afford to drive any more.
The CDC is quoted as saying a contributing factor could be “a rise in intentional overdoses associated with the surges in opioid painkiller prescriptions in recent years.” An Associated Press story said more white people than people of color are committing suicide because people of color have stronger religious and family supports.
But according to BBC News, “Death by firearm was still the most common method of suicide among middle-age Americans, representing 48% of such recorded incidents in 2010. Hangings overtook drug overdoses in this age group, becoming the second most common method of suicide.”
Is it any coincidence that “Roughly three-in-ten (31%) whites own a gun, which is much greater than the rates of gun ownership among blacks (15%) and Hispanics (11%).” (Pew Research Center survey Feb. 2013). According to the survey people said protection was the main reason for owning a gun.