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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

6 Things That Kill More People Than Guns

There were 31,672 firearm-related deaths in 2010. Of these, 11,078 were homicides. That means most gun-related deaths were accidents or suicides. Far too many to be sure, but there are plenty of things that kill more Americans every year than guns. In no order:

1. Cars

There were 10.8 million car accidents in the US in 2009.
Of these, about 36,000 were fatal. 5,300 of the dead were pedestrians.

2. Alcohol

100,000 people die every year in alcohol-related incidents. In 2005, there were over 43,000 fatalities resulting from drinking and driving. Approximately 30% of suicides are triggered by alcohol use.

3. Tobacco

Almost 450,000 Americans die every year from smoking. About 50,000 of these are from second-hand smoke. Worldwide, smoking kills approximately 5,000,000 people every year.

4. Medical Malpractice

Preventable medical errors account for 98,000 deaths every year in America. An estimated 15,000,000 incidents of medical harm occur each year. The Center For Disease Control does not include it in its lists of the leading causes of death in America (it would rank 6th). 

5. Obesity

Obesity kills more than 400,000 people annually. Over 200,000 die from conditions caused by obesity like heart disease and diabetes. About 190,000 die from being physically inactive for (way) too long.

6. Government

In the 20th century alone, governments all over the world were responsible for the deaths of over 260,000,000 of their own people
Stalin used government power to kill almost 50,000,000.
Hitler used government power to kill 11,000,000.
Mao used government power to kill between 30,000,000 and 70,000,000.
More people died as a result of their own respective governments than in all the wars of the 20th century.


So to keep us safe, following the logic of a "progressive," the government would have to outlaw not only guns, but cars, booze, combustible plant material, doctors (and needles!), twinkies, pizza, and... itself. 

I'd settle for that last one.

If you doubt the statistics I used, please feel free to fact-check everything I write.


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3 comments:

  1. amazing ane emotional images, great done work keep posting!

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  2. How dare you use logic and facts to make your point.

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  3. Fascinating discussion. Were government righteous and protected it's citizens we would not need guns. We live in a 'war zone' created by weak government. Criminals don't fear the law. Proof? Our jails are brimming over. If the authorities and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary were armed and trained, many lives would probably have been saved (I don't own a gun.) Our 'leaders' don't have the answers. As a victim of 'The 1991 Crown Heights Pogrom' (I was hit by a brick.) I can testify that one CANNOT trust the government. Also, all the '911 Tapes' were erased to hide all the calls for help, in 'The Big Apple.' Want the BEST answer to ALL our problems? Let us ask ourselves: 'Who are we?' 'Why are we here?' Please investigate: 'The 7 Noahide Laws.' 'Peace On Earth and Goodwill Everywhere.' Thank you. bhoffinger@aol.com

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