Yes, guns are to blame for Baltimore homicides | READER COMMENTARY

Yes, guns are to blame for Baltimore homicides | READER COMMENTARY

A recent letter in the Sun (” Don’t blame guns for city’s high homicide rate ,“Dec. 20) states that even though Wyoming and Montana have high rates of gun ownership, they have low rates of homicide deaths. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to public databases, in 2019, the firearm death rate per 100,000 population in the U.S. was 11.9, but rates in Montana, at 19.0, and Wyoming, at 22.3, were well above average. It is also known that 60% of adult firearm deaths are by suicide. In 2018, the gun suicide rate in the U.S. was 7.01 per 100,000 population. Wyoming ranked 2nd highest with a rate of 18.69, and Montana was tied for 3rd with a rate of 15.66. Before COVID, I visited Japan, a country with a private gun ownership rate of 0.3 guns per capita compared to a rate of 120.5 in the U.S. Not surprisingly, in 2020, there were 17 gun-related death s in Japan, a country of 125 million, compared to over 300 deaths every year in Baltimore, a city with a population of 600,000. Shrugging off Baltimore’s gun problem is not an option when confronting the devastating homicide toll in Baltimore (“ Don’t blame guns for city’s high homicide rate ,” Dec. 20). In The Baltimore Sun’s own database for 2021, 282 out of the 327 homicides to date were caused by shootings. Analysis of FBI data by Everytown for Gun Safety shows an average 88% of Baltimore homicides from […]

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