The Audacious Epigone asks whether I should qualify my statement that if you buy a gun, the person you are most likely to shoot with it is yourself, taking race into account.
I took a look and it turns out that the breakdown of homicide and suicide rates by race and gender are quite interesting.
For white males, the suicide rate is 21.2 per 100,000 people and the homicide rate is just 3.5 per 100,000, so that suicides make up 86% of the combined death rate. For black males, on the other hand, the homicide rate is 37.3 while the suicide rate is 9.2, so suicides make up just 20% of the combined rate.
While these statistics are not just limited to gun deaths, I would guess that the gun rates are not much different. I amend my following statement as such:
If you are Hispanic or black, then you actually are more likely to shoot someone else than yourself with a gun. If you are Asian or Native American, you are more likely to shoot yourself than someone else. And if you are a white male, you really should stay away from guns, for you are 6 times more likely to kill yourself than you are to kill another person.
stats via National Center for Health Statistics (.pdf)