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Hi, I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the correct place or not. I'm having a discussion with one of my high school age daughters about gun violence. We've started this discussion because of the recent shooting in Arizona. I'm trying to explain to her that given the number of guns in the US, the number of homicides are a relatively small number. I'm comparing this to the number of homicides by the use of a knife from the 2009 FBI crime stats, which are almost identical. I understand that some people are uncomfortable with a conversation like this but I'm trying to teach my daughter to see the "big picture" and to to look at issues with reason. I do not want her to look at issues and evaluate them using emotion, which seems to be happening at her school.

I have taken the estimated number of guns in the country, http://www.numberof.net/number-of-guns-in-america/" [Broken]in 2009, which is 1,946.

So, I divide the number of guns by the number of homicides and get .000007, which of course is .0007 percent.

I want to be able to give her an example of what .0007 percent is but I'm at a total loss to be able to explain that in real world terms so she can see "the big picture." Can someone please provide an example of what this percent might look like in a comparison?

Thank you very much

Mike

## Homework Statement

I have taken the estimated number of guns in the country, http://www.numberof.net/number-of-guns-in-america/" [Broken]in 2009, which is 1,946.

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

So, I divide the number of guns by the number of homicides and get .000007, which of course is .0007 percent.

I want to be able to give her an example of what .0007 percent is but I'm at a total loss to be able to explain that in real world terms so she can see "the big picture." Can someone please provide an example of what this percent might look like in a comparison?

Thank you very much

Mike

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