Sunday, January 20, 2013

Guns Don't Injure People; People at Gun Shows Injure Other People at Gun Shows (with Guns)

I don't mean to make light of the fact that five individuals were injured in three separate incidents at guns shows/sales in Ohio, Indiana. and North Carolina (see here), but it does make an important point: people are harmed by guns, even when they are handled by experienced, well-meaning users.

Here are some statistics on accidental shootings from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (here):
In 2010, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people.
From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings.
Over 1,300 victims of unintentional shootings for the period 2005–2010 were under 25 years of age.
People of all age groups are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns. On average, states with the highest gun levels had nine times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths compared to states with the lowest gun levels.

1 comment:

  1. There is this (supposed) Ozzy Osbourne quote (he of great wisdom): If "guns don't kill people, but people kill people, why do we give people guns when they go to war? Why not just send the people?"

    Regardless of who said that line, it drives home the point that yes guns are a tool. But as with all new technology and new tools, efficiency is increased. That means this "tool" is more accurate, quicker, and lethal than ever before.

    The "guns don't kill people" line is a rhetoric technique used to dumb down the discussion and shift attention away from legitimate elements of the gun debate.

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