The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 19, 2014

Misleading numbers


The Daily Item

— The Daily Item ran a totally misleading letter in the editorial section stating 32,000 people a year killed by guns. Killed, not murdered.

FBI stats show from 2007 to 2011 total murders, by any means, never broke 15,000 a year. Gun murders ran 10,129 in 2007 to a low of 8,583 in 2011? I guess murders, suicides, accidents and self defense was all added up and maybe, just maybe, the number was blown up a little bigger than reality.

I don’t blame the writer, it is almost impossible to get real a number off the Internet. Please check it out on the FBI or the US Dept. of Justice web sites.

It is still a lot of people killed by guns, but the worst areas to live for violent crimes always have the strictest guns laws.

Michael Bolig,

Selinsgrove