Stephen Van Dyke's criticism (Public Forum, Aug. 10) of Ron Molen's letter (Aug. 7) games the facts. The 100,000 dead and wounded each year mentioned by Molen breaks down accordingly: 13,000 homicides and 17,000 suicides or 30,000 dead and 70,000 wounded. These are general figures that stay consistent year after year according to public safety experts.
Precise numbers would be available were it not for Republicans stopping the Centers for Disease Control from collecting vital gun violence data that exposes the death toll from GOP-NRA policies.
Utah's annual gun deaths for young males exceeding traffic deaths is common knowledge and comes from a 2011 report that includes suicides (85 percent) and homicides, again guns found in the wrong hands.