USA #1 in Murders; Revise Gun/Mental Health Laws

WWII Veteran Joe Murphy and civic activist Brian Moore continued their Saturday February 17, 2018 public demonstrations in Spring Hill, a west central coastal town in Florida, addressing America's leading the world in gun murders and the need for gun and mental health law reform. Their sign-holding was in response to last week's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland (Broward County), Florida (near Coral Springs)!

Many passersby honked their horns in support of the signs held by Joe and Brian which read "Guns Do Kill," "We are #1 in Gun Murder..Why?" "Revise Gun & Mental Health Laws."

A study published on Feb. 1, 2016 in the American Journal of Medicine stated the following disturbing statistics:

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Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries, a new study finds.

Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. And, even though the United States' suicide rate is similar to other countries, the nation's gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than other high-income countries, researchers said.

The study was published online Feb. 1, 2016 in The American Journal of Medicine. It reported on the following disturbing statistics:

"Overall, our results show that the U.S., which has the most firearms per capita in the world, suffers disproportionately from firearms compared with other high-income countries," said study author Erin Grinshteyn, an assistant professor at the School of Community Health Science at the University of Nevada-Reno.

"These results are consistent with the hypothesis that our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us," she said in a journal news release.

The review of 2010 World Health Organization data also revealed that despite having a similar rate of nonlethal crimes as those countries, the United States has a much higher rate of deadly violence, mostly due to the higher rate of gun-related murders.

The researchers also found that compared to people in the other high-income nations, Americans are seven times more likely to die from violence and six times more likely to be accidentally killed with a gun.

"More than two-thirds of the homicides in the U.S. are firearm homicides and studies have suggested that the non-gun homicide rate in the U.S. may be high because the gun homicide rate is high," Grinshteyn said.

Even though it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the United States accounted for 82 percent of all gun deaths. The United States also accounted for 90 percent of all women killed by guns, the study found. Ninety-one percent of children under 14 who died by gun violence were in the United States. And 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed by guns were in the United States, the study found.

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