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Ron Dallmeyer

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

A recent article in the “Discover Magazine” had a headline: “Inside the Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence.”

The article states 39,773 Americans lost their lives in 2017 due to firearms. Sixty percent of these deaths were due to suicides; the white male, over 50, taking most of the blame. The remaining number is still very large. The article stated 1.625 million deaths from 1968 to 2017 were related to firearms.

On the other hand, according to “Guttmacher Institute” and the “Center for Disease Control” there were 897,000 abortions in 2017, down from 2014. (California, Maryland and New Hampshire do not report most of their abortions.) Multiply that by the same number of years and you get 43,071,000 million baby deaths due to abortion.

Maybe someone should study why this happens rather than studying firearm violence as in the article!

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