Despite the fact gun related murder, manslaughter, and accidental deaths barely crack 10,000 a year, I see the American Public Health Association says “gun violence as the leading cause of death in America.
Fortunately, the Center for Disease Control has a more realistic view. pegging the total number of deaths at 3,850,000 and the number of “gun violence” cases at 10,500, meaning gun related murders, manslaughters, and fatal gun accidents amount to just one death in more than 36,000 is related to so-called gun violence.
But that does not stop the APHA from claiming:
In the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Orlando that took the lives of at least 49 and left 53 people injured, APHA continues to urge Congress to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence. It is critical that public health advocates keep up the pressure on both the Senate and the House to act to address this public health epidemic without further delay.
And the APHA conveniently ignores the fact that guns were banned in the Pulse nightspot in Orlando, so terrorist Omar Mateen had well over 200 helpless potential victims, and managed to kill or woiund almost half before he was stopped by police who were not required to obey these posters plastered all over the front of the nightclub:
Nor has the APHA bothered to look at the dramatic decline in criminal misuse of firearms, since the shooting community started running for legislative positions and relaxing gun laws. This chart of less the less than lethal firearms use that comprises 06% of reported criminal mususe of firearms is from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice, survey titled “Criminal Victimization 2015.
Obviously, the APHA has not the first clue about so-called “gun violence.” So how about discussing something the AHQA should have a handle on, an actual leading cause of death for Americans. We could discuss the deliberate drug overdoses currently estimated to take the lives of five times as many suicides as firearms, but that should be a subject for another day.
Today, let’s talk about the comparative accidental death rates of guns and doctors using official Official U.S. Government data from the CDC and Bureau of Labor:
ETS TALK ABOUT DOCTORS AND ACCIDENTAL DEATHS
(1) The Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs the number of physicians in the U.S. at 691,000.
(2) the number of physician caused deaths per year is estimated* at 250,000.
(C) Therefore iatrogenic deaths “induced in a patient by a physician’s activity, manner, or therapy,” amount to 0.362 accidental deaths per physician per year, or one accidental death for every 2.77 doctor years of practice.
(d) Obviously, doctors malpractice or mispractice care responsible for 240,000 deaths a year, or on one death out of every 16 deaths.
Now, LETS TALK ABOUT GUNS AND ACCIDENTAL DEATHS.
(a) There are some 7400,000,000, seven hundred forty million, servicable guns “in the wild” in the United States. 210 million of those have been purchased since 1992.
(b) The number of American households with guns is at least 83,500,000; seventy seven and a half million.
(c) The number of Americans who have at least one gun in their residence is greater than 235,000,000; therefore Americans have at least two hundred fifteen million man years of exposure to guns each year.
(d) The Center For Disease Control reports there were 489 accidental firearms deaths out of a total of 119,733 accidental deaths in the United States during 2015.
(e) Therefore the percentage of accidental deaths per gun owner was 0.0000078 per year in 2015.
(f) The percentage of accidental deaths per person with guns in their homes was 0.00000282 per year.
(g) The percentage of guns involved in a fatal gun accident is 0.000000866.
Statistically, a given doctor is approximately 1,154,734 times as likely to accidentally kill a patient as a given gun is. Statistically, a given doctor is approximately 78,000 times more likely to kill a patient than any given gun owners guns are. Therefore, doctors are far more dangerous than either guns or gun owners.
So take the Old Cop’s Advice to “Get a gun, learn to use it, and use it when you have to.” And do keep in mind Galen’s Aphorism, “If you would enjoy good health, stay out of the hands of physicians.
And the American Public Health Association’s know nothing propagandists.