While you wait on me, go read this.
Linoge Slaps it out of the park!
Wow…whoever put that data together really knew what they were doing!
George is absolutely correct – he deserves full and total credit for the generation of the graphics and the inception of the post, and I hope I made that clear. I just added a few choice phrases to give additional emphasis to already-powerful images.
You did…I’m just teasing.
Okay. Now this is where Statistics can hurt you. Coming from the World Book Almanac 2009 edition, they list the National Safety Council Stats (this is the “Green Cross” NGO which focuses on accidents and safer workplaces) and they claim in 2006 there were 680 Accidental Firearms Deaths, not the 121 in 2007 from Linoge. And I’m NOT knocking Linoge at all. Just using a different source. Now, if I was a Lying Sack of Manure Anti-Gunner, I could say that “the Pro-Gunners are LIARS!” There were actually 500% MORE Gun Deaths than they claim!” Keep that in mind when dealing with the AntiGunner.
But what is interesting is the NSC Stats from 2004. They actually break it down by Age, Sex, Suicide, Legal Intervention, etc. But to K.I.S.S., they said there were 29,625 Firearms Deaths TOTAL. 16,756 were Suicide (guess there wasn’t a Bridge nearby to Jump from), 11,672 were Homicide, 651 Unintentional (Four Rules Violations, Hunting Accidents, etc), and 311 Legal Intervention (Cops). The last 235 were undetermined.
But no matter how you slice it, the Bottom line is that the U.S. has about 2.4 Million Deaths a year, and about 1.2% are caused by Guns. Remove the Murders, Suicides and Legal Intervention, that leaves about 1,000 Gun Deaths a year. In other words, anytime you use a Firearm, 99.96% percent of the Time, NO ONE DIES.
Period. End of Discussion. Criminals don’t Care, which is why they are Criminals, Suicides who are serious will find a way to off themselves, and sometimes Cops have to shoot. Follow the Four Rules, keep the Guns locked up out of the hands of the Toddlers, practice Safe Hunting and Range Techniques, and you’ll find that Shooting is probably one of the Safest activities that U.S. Citizens can participate in. Anybody in a Power Position or Political Authority who says otherwise is a Liar. The Facts are readily available to all. And the Facts are the Facts.
And yes, I need a new Almanac. But I doubt that there’s that much change. Hope this helps.
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