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More than 250,000 deaths a year from preventable medical errors, but I don't see anybody banning Doctors. There are about 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, this number is not disputed. U.S. population 328 million as of January 2018. Do the math: 0.00915% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant. It's not even a rounding error. What is not insignificant, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths: • 22,938 (76%) are by suicide which can't be prevented by gun laws • 987 (3%) are by law enforcement, thus not relevant to Gun Control discussion. • 489 (2%) are accidental on Murica (Upvotes: 168)
So no, "gun violence" isn't 30,000 annually, but rather 5,577... 0.0017% of the population. Still too many? Let's look at location: 298 (5%) - St Louis, MO 327 (6%) - Detroit, MI 328 (6%) - Baltimore, MD 764 (14%) - Chicago, IL That's over 30% of all gun crime. In just 4 cities. This leaves 3,856 for everywhere else in America... about 77 deaths per state. Obviously some States have higher rates than others on Murica (Upvotes: 147)
Yes, 5,577 is absolutely horrific, but let's think for a minute... But what about other deaths each year? 70,000+ die from a drug overdose 49,000 people die per year from the flu 37,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities Now it gets interesting: 250,000+ people die each year from preventable medical errors. You are safer in Chicago than when you are in a hospital! 610,000 people die per year from heart disease Even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save about twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides. Simple, easily preventable, 10% reductions! We don't have a gun problem... We have a political agenda and media sensationalism problem. on Murica (Upvotes: 144)
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_02.pdf https://everytownresearch.org/firearm-suicide/ https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhamcs/web_tables/2015_ed_web_tables.pdf https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2017/?tid=a_inl_manual https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-accidental-gun-deaths-20180101-story.html https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/11/13/cities-with-the-most-gun-violence/ (stats halved as reported statistics cover 2 years, single year statistics not found) https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/faq.htm https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812603 https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm on Murica (Upvotes: 137)
@Hugh G Recshun, I don't even know him and I hate him on Funny Pics (Upvotes: 131)

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