WOW, who would have thought i would have found such interesting reading here on the forum. Brewster, I like the facts that you brought up and found the stats very interesting. USTWO - your first facts sounds like a "battery" not an assault. Also, to be charged with an assault the following must be proved by the state: the person actually had the ability to carry out the threat of violence, and the act did cause fear in the victim. The act must also have had the threat of some type of injury. There is no magic way to rid the states of gun violence. It is an unfortunate fact of life here in the US. There are way to many guns in the population to do anything about it. The answer is in stricter punishment for using a gun in a crime. It is a very small percentage of people who commit crimes and especially with a gun. Hammer these people and the occurance will drop I am sure.