The Washington Post has a survey that counts up who dies as a result of the use of guns, broken down by state and by race (black or white anyway). There's a big difference. The main graphs are here (I can't img them because they're interactive):http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sp ... un-deaths/
and the discussion is here:http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/featur ... n-america/
Whites are far more likely to die by gun suicide, blacks by gun homicide.
Without editorializing too much, I have to say I wonder if this "protect my family" thing among whites ought to be amended to "protect my family members from themselves." The numbers show a tremendous number of family tragedies in that category. Interestingly, the state with the highest rate is Wyoming.
At the same time, although black gun homicides (non-suicides) are absolutely staggering, far fewer blacks than whites have a gun in the home. It's like we have two countries in that regard as we do in so many others.
I believe only by gathering data like this, just as we do for car wrecks, car safety, and drunk-driving, can we become aware of the magnitude of this problem and see various patterns that can lead to effective interventions, deterrents, and risk-management.