I am responding to the retired Marine's letter in the June 22 DCI. First, I want to sincerely say to him, thank you for your service to our country. There are no sources given for the information presented regarding gun violence. The information is suspect, to say the least. It may have come from one of the gun control groups. However, here is some information that is verifiable.
According to the FBI crime report for 2014, the latest year available, the U.S. homicide rate has hit a 51-year low. Also, FBI reports that from 1999 to 2015 the number of NCIS background checks conducted has increased 253 percent. This does not translate directly to gun ownership but it's still very clear that more people own guns. Yet homicide rates are decreasing.
The author of the DCI letter seems to think the NRA has too much influence. Here is more verifiable information. A recent report from the National Safety Council stated the number of accidental deaths from poisoning, motor vehicle and falls dwarfs that of firearm accidents, which is down 26 percent since 2005. I submit that the reason for this decline and small number of firearm accidental deaths is due to the many safety programs the NRA sponsors including hunter safety. I would agree with the DCI author that we must be more efficient in keeping guns out of the hands of bad people.