Friday, May 14, 2010

Top 25 causes of death. Guns barely make it into the top 10.

For all the bleating that goes on about the dangers of owning firearms, they turn out to not be that dangerous. Assault by firearm ranks at #9 while discharge of a firearm ranks at #16. For comparison, these are the things more likely to kill you than guns:
  • Automobiles
  • Falls
  • Poisoning/drug overdosing
  • Suicide (all methods)
  • Land vehicle accidents
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
Even if you pretend that all suicides are committed with guns, the average position of guns as a cause of death moves from #12 to #10.

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