The first story: “To Reduce Suicide Rates, New Focus Turns to Guns.” Death by guns, (sometimes known as “gun-inflicted deaths”) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest figures (2010), number some 30,000, of which 20,000 are suicides. The remainder include accidental deaths and those killed by law enforcement officers.
[No proposal to disarm the police has been forthcoming.]
The second story: “Kansas Abortion Practice Set to Replace Tiller Clinic.” The clinic’s original practitioner, George Tiller, was shot and killed in 2009 by an antiabortion activist. (Tiller was infamous for his shoddy and illegal late-term abortion practice that killed tens of thousands, more than half the people in his care.)
Although abortion statistics are routinely suspect, with several states – notably California – withholding the information from the CDCP, the certainly low estimates are nearly 1.25 million abortions for 2009, the most recent year for which figures are available.
[The U.S. has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any western industrialized nation.]
Death by guns: 2.4% of the 100% deliberate deaths inflicted by mothers on their children through abortion.