but the suicide rate only dropped from 22 per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000. Yes it dropped but what other reasons were contributing factors.http://www.mindframe-media.info/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/11868/Suicide-Figures-ABS-2015.pdf and the over all rate did not drop 50 percent. I am a life time member to the NRA. I am an instructor. Yes there needs to be changes. But if you look at over all gun deaths in the US how much is due to gang violence. I live near Detroit where the police chief is urging citizens to arm themselves. Taking guns away from law abiding citizens will not stop violence. Education will help. Having ever gun owner take a safety course would help. Identifying mental illness at an early age and getting treatment for it would be a big step but then you would be labeling people for life as " crazies" you really think that would go over well in this political correct societiey we have. There is not a correct answer nor is there a right way to fix it. Enforcing laws we already have would help. Not being able to buy out of state would help. But buying on line is a big business and is safe in most cases. So what is the answer? I don't know. But being a life time member of the NRA we discuss this all the time. At our classes we acess all our students to make sure they are component to own and operate a gun. But we are not doctors . So are we doing the right thing? Not sure but we do what we feel is safe. More regulations are not the answer the law can not enforce the laws we have now. America is and always has been a nation that has the right to bear arms. But responsibility in owning and carrying a gun is a right that to me should be earned and not to be taken lightly. How much does drug use and gang wars contribute to the total homicide total. Do we need laws to stop gang shooting. That alone would most likely drop the rate in half. But you hear anyone tout that Why not? But how in the world would you enforce it ? look at this list and almost ever country that has more homocides than the US has some of the most strict gun laws in the world (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate ) . With most owning a gun is against the law period. Yet people are getting killed at a higher rate than the US. There is not an easy answer nor a quick fix. Violent gangs and criminals are a big part of all homocial statistics. But you never see those broken out of the total. There is a lot of people that should never have or own a gun. But there a lot more that have ever right to own them. So us just talking about is a big step. Bringing awareness of it to the public is a step. Teaching anyone that cares to ask how to safely handle a gun is a big step. My grandsons can unload and load and shoot a gun safely. But that doesn't mean I am going to buy them one for Christmas. I don't have an answer. We as NRA members know there is issues. But taking my guns is not the answer nor do I believe more laws by themselves will help the problem. But the more we talk about it and bring awareness to the issue the better.