Skip to main content

View Diary: GunFAIL X (181 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  The gun violence impact is higher than that. (6+ / 0-)

    The Centers for Disease Control reports the number of gun deaths for 2011 (the most recent year that they have on their website) as 31,672. That rate was 10.3 deaths per 100,000 total population (a much more helpful statistic to report for easy comparisons than a decimal with a bunch of zeroes.) If instead you replace the denominator with gun owners, assuming they constitute the 35% of the population that has been reported based on recent surveys, you get 29.4 deaths per 100,000 gun owners.

    Injury rates are harder to ascertain than death rates, thanks to reporting limitations - so far the NRA has not succeeded in making it illegal to report cause of death as gunshot wound on death certificates, and those are, in principle, all reported to the CDC. But the CDC has a variety of sources including surveys and hospital discharge data. They reported, based on these sources, an average of 62,266 injuries per year during the period 2003-2007. (These are the ones serious enough to get you to a hospital or doctor for treatment.) If we combine those with the firearm death rate, we get 33 gun deaths per 100,000 population or 93 per 100,000 gun owners, every year. Over a 10 year period, that's about 1 death for every 300 gun owners, and one injury/death for every 100 gun owners.

    The annual death rate from guns is about in the same ballpark as the annual death rate from breast cancer or that from prostate cancer. This country has put a huge amount of effort into trying to understand and prevent cancer deaths. But gun advocates have put a huge amount of effort into obstructing national research and prevention efforts for gun deaths. This is wrong. It's time to change.

    •  Quick correction (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Gentle Giant, SoCalSal

      Second paragraph should say 33 gun deaths + injuries. Numbers are right but units wrong.

    •  The most comparable cause of death (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      is probably automobile accidents.  Given the trend in auto accidents, accidental shooting deaths may well exceed automobile accident deaths within a few years.  Of course, many more people use cars than own guns--and cars are much more useful than guns.

      The differences in our responses are painfully obvious:  we require insurance, automobiles must meet safety standards,  drivers must be licensed and cars must be registered, and there are no special liability shields for automobiles.

      "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

      by Old Left Good Left on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 04:55:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site