To the Editor:

In response to Marilyn Gordon’s letter to The Ridgefield Press Dec. 14, 2017, the numbers Marilyn uses are misleading.

According to the FBI Crime in the United States data (Table 10) for the year 2016 there were 16,459 Homicides in the U.S. and 11,004 were committed with a firearm. According to the FBI (Table 4) for 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015 and 2016 Homicides committed with a firearm for those five years were 46,445. (www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/)

According to the CDC using 2015 data, latest available, the Tenth Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. was Suicide which claimed 44,193 lives. A firearm was used in 22,018 of those Suicides. In 1980 Suicides were also the Tenth Leading Cause of Death.

Homicides (gun violence) were not included in the Ten Leading Causes of Death in the U.S. in 2015 or 1980.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) new partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention represents another opportunity to help reduce the misuse of firearms in America. In recent years, NSSF has worked with the Veterans Administration, the state of Utah and mental health agencies to help educate gun owners and the public on how to keep firearms safely out of reach of those who may wish to do themselves harm, as well as helping to reduce firearms accidents, already at historic low levels, even further.

Your Party has advocated “Assisted Suicide” in the Connecticut Legislative session for at least the last three sessions. So according to you folks you have no problem with suicide if the government authorizes the methodology.  

On average, there are 121 suicides per day in the U.S.

The end game for you, your party and all the Brady Campaign type organizations is and always has been a ban on all private ownership of firearms in the United States.

Joseph Trench

Ascot Way, Dec. 18