We have tried almost unlimited guns and now it is time for gun control.  These are my thoughts on the gun control debate.

Here are links to the statistics that I use:

In 2009 There were 31,347 firearm deaths. There were 34,485 automobile deaths in the same year. Poisoning, motor-vehicle traffic, firearm, and falling are the most common types of injury related deaths.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

There were 12,664 Murders in the USA in 2011 8,583 were committed with Firearms.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8

Each year, more than 20,000 children go to U.S. emergency rooms with gun injuries.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/guns-wound-30-percent-kids-study-finds/story?id=14741514#.UOSMaXe9EU0

In 2009 there were 600 deaths from accidental discharges and 218 justifiable homicides. – Source CDC and FBI.

310 million – Total number of non-military firearms in the U.S.

http://livegunfree.com/gun-numbers/

Here’s a look — by the numbers — at guns and mental health:

310 million – Total number of non-military firearms in the U.S.

37 - Percentage of Americans who supported major restrictions on gun ownership according to a CNN/ORC poll from December 17.

15 - Percentage of Americans who felt all guns should be illegal according to the same CNN poll.

47 - Percentage of Americans who supported major restrictions or felt all guns should be illegal according to an earlier CNN poll from August.

47 – Percentage of Americans who told Gallup in 2011 that they had at least one gun at home.

At least $1,500 - Retail price of a “higher-end” shotgun or rifle.

16,799 - Homicides in the United States in 2009.

11,493 - Homicides by firearm in 2009.

26.2 - Percent of adults in the U.S. who “suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year,” according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

6 – Percent of U.S. adults who have a serious mental illness.

3.4 – Percentage of non-institutionalized adults with “serious psychological distress” in the past month, according to the 2011 data from the CDC.

62 – Mass shootings in the United States since 1982.

49 - Cases where the shooter obtained the murder weapon legally.

68 - Total of semiautomatic weapons used by the shooters, from of a total of 142 firearms.

24 - Percentage of Americans who said in 2011 they felt that mass shootings could be prevented by stricter gun control laws.

44 – States (plus District of Columbia) with laws regarding the ability of a mentally ill person to possess a firearm.

15 - Percent of those who felt that a good preventative measure would be better mental health screenings.

23 – States (plus Washington, D.C.) that have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System since it was created in 1999.

186,068 - Background checks conducted in Connecticut in 2011 using the NICS system.

6,103 - Potential gun sales in 2010 rejected after a background check indicated mental health issues.

58 - Percentage polled in 2011 after the shootings in Tucson, Arizona, that felt mass shootings were mainly isolated events carried out by “troubled individuals.”

44 - Percentage of those who felt that way after the Sandy Hook shootings.

- Source http://livegunfree.com/gun-numbers/