Thursday, July 06, 2006

Statistics Time

Just how many people are killed by guns every year? Well, here are some figures for you, courtesy of the NRA-ILA : Fact Sheet.

Firearms are involved in 0.65% of accidental deaths nationally, and in 1% among children. Most accidental deaths involve, or are due to, motor vehicles (40%), poisoning (17%), falls (15%), suffocation (5%), drowning (3%), fires (3%), medical mistakes (2%), environmental factors (1%), and bicycles and tricycles (1%). Among children: motor vehicles (45%), suffocation (16%), drowning (15%), fires (9%), bicycles and tricycles (2%), poisoning (2%), falls (2%), environmental factors (2%), and medical mistakes (1%).

Locally, in the two weeks leading up to the 4th, of July, we had 15 drownings and no deaths due to firearms. There have been a lot of deaths recently due to automobile accidents as well. As far as deaths are concerned, we'd be much better off banning Motor Vehicles instead of guns.

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