I find it ironic that a "man of God" surrounds himself with deadly weaponry to protect himself. Clearly you don't REALLY believe that the Lord is looking out for you or will protect you. Meanwhile it is the atheists that KNOW that there is no deity looking out for them who choose not to arm themselves to the teeth.
You can split hairs on these stats all day long. The bottom line is you reap what you sow. If you believe you are safer surrounded by weapons, then you perpetuate a society that believes weapons are an absolute necessity for survival. What century is this again?
And regarding suicide.. you say that suicides would happen with or without a gun? Really? Have you ever thought about the fact that actually cutting your wrists and bleeding out without calling for help would require a great deal of devotion, whereas a gun is pushbutton death.
I myself got through a period of suicidal ideation that I am convinced I would not have survived if I'd had a gun.
Since you seem so interested in statistics, go look up Switzerland's suicide statistics. They may not have the same madman shooting-spree streak in their blood that America has, but they get depressed just like everyone... and they have their guns to hand... it's just all too easy.
Clearly many people just really don't care about the countless victims. I have seen so much selfishness and denial in this debate, it is making me physically ill. We make sacrifices for the welfare of our children... or at least we're supposed to... but clearly sacrificing the powerful assault rifle variety of toy is out of the question. Dead kids or not.
I for one am grateful to be living in the UK. My 9 year old daughter and I can enjoy the finer things in life, without having to look over our shoulders all the time, or live behind iron gates. Thank you Britain for having me