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01 August 2008

CDC Statistics

I've been looking for site with this data for a while.

It turns out that the Center for Disease Control has a searchable database for all injury-related statistics in the United States. Just to be fair--so that no one can object to my tailoring the data--I compared ALL gun-related deaths with ALL automobile-related deaths. That means murders, accidents, suicides, everything, for both categories.

2005 is the latest year currently available; that year, there were 30,694 gun related deaths. That's terrible, of course... but there were also 45,520 automobile-related deaths. That's 50% more automobile-related deaths than gun-related deaths. Given that gun ownership is protected by the U. S. Constitution, but car ownership isn't, that makes anti-gun lobbyists fairly hypocritical. If they were really interested in saving lives, they would be lobbying against the unprotected CARS first.

Always remember: gun control isn't about guns. It's about control.


bluebird said...

You know I am with you here... even though I don't think I will ever be able to fire a gun...

Wait till you see the funny vid I gave you on mysapce! lol!

Kev said...

The statistics are even more relevant when you consider that those 30,694 deaths include cases of police officers, and indeed armed citizens, lawfully using firearms in self-defense. The number also includes suicides. Consequently, the number deaths attributable to "accidental" and criminal/negligent activity is much smaller.

Gnostic Paladin said...

Absolutely true! Good to see you here, Kev!

Bluebird... those people were DEFINITELY having problems... :)

bluebird said...

You mean, you don't get thrown through windows when you fire your gun??

lol!!!!!!!!!! :D