Monday, June 22, 2015

Cause of Death

People worry about how many people are murdered in the United States by firearms.  Of course, that is a concern.  Like any problem, it is important to put the problem in context.  In 2013 there were over 16,000 murders in the USA and over 11,000 were done with firearms.  That means over 5,000 people were stabbed, or beaten to death, or poisoned, or otherwise killed without a gun.  Seems to me if someone wants to kill, this shows they will find a way to do it.

Also, most suicides are done with firearms in the United States.  Oftens these "gun deaths" are lumped in with the murders to increase the number of killed and to make it appear as if more are murdered by guns.   The number of deaths by "assault rifles" is typically fewer than 500, and the number of people killed accidentally by firearms is fewer than 100 and the lowest it's been in over 100 years.

Almost 4,000 people accidentally drown per year.  Is there a national campaign to fill in everyone's swimming pool?  40,000 people are killed in car crashes, and everyone drives or rides in cars.   At least 200,000 people die per year due to medical malpractice. It's third after heart disease and cancer.  No one seems to care that your doctor may be the cause of your death; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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