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I'd say that guns are 'easier', more convenient, definitely (as you rightly pointed out) less of a risk to the perpetrator.
NOT the root of the problem, though.
Suicide? Speaking from experience, my 27yr old friend who hung himself 20yrs ago would likely have suffered less, had he had a gun in his hand.
Accidents? Well, most of those are down to incompetence/immaturity/idiocy. Take your pick.
Police killings? Guns are out there. Ban them today, the bad guys will still have them tomorrow. I'm not surprised they shoot first. That (as I said in my initial post) is the REAL issue. It ain't the gun. It's the finger on the trigger.
All the statistics in the world won't change that.
... It's not the weapon, it's the person wielding it that's the real issue.
I can understand the banning of guns stopping gun related crime, but how do we know that those potential shootings weren't just replaced with stabbings/axe murders/poisonings, etc? Murder is murder, right?
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