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What kills more people than guns?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by MagnumDweeb, Nov 20, 2008.

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  1. MagnumDweeb

    MagnumDweeb Well-Known Member

    Most of us have read that in 2005 guns killed 30,000 people, 18,000 of which were suicieds as I have read. I don't know how many of those kills were police officers in-action or other LEOs, or how many were self-defense. The statistic as I understand it that guns are used at minimum 400,000 times a year to defend body and life, though not entirely sure.

    The key point of this post is that as I understand it is that 300,000 people are killed on the road every year and a million more injured. Most of us gunnies use this argument when people want to say that we should get rid of guns to keep people from killing. But I wonder how many people die because of:

    Sex: unprotected, protected, (like from Sexually transmitted diseases)
    Cigarettes: cancer, falling asleep and burning up in a fire
    Alcohol: liver cancer, alcohol poison, drunk driving
    Power tools: injuries and deaths
    Chocolate: High Cholesterol and obessity
    Cheese: (got this one from "Thank You for Smoking")

    Just some ideas, after my exams are over I plan on doing some research. Imagine some lefty anti going on about guns killing people and retorting "Well sex kills...Just look at Africa...we all need to stop having sex...well you antis need to stop having sex and we'd all be alright after fifty years." LOl.
  2. Treo

    Treo member

    It is a medical fact that every one in the world dies from the same thing,

    Lack of oxygen to the brain brought on by cardiac arrest

    That is what kills more people than anything else
  3. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    Drowing (pools, tubs, buckets, etc.) is a number FIVE (yes 5) cause of unintentional injury and death in America!

    Time to ban bathing!
  4. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    Medical mistakes in hospitals claim the lives of between 44,000-100,000 people per year!
  5. ambidextrous1

    ambidextrous1 Well-Known Member

    I'm tapering off: Bathing only once a month now.:uhoh:
  6. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    The last I heard auto accidents kill about 50,000 per year.

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Stupidity mostly... on someone's part.
  8. withdrawn34

    withdrawn34 Member.

    Interesting tidbit I found from a cursory search:


    Unfortunately they do not list their sources.
  9. DCSCO

    DCSCO Member

    Heard today (NPR) that smoking causes 1200 deaths per day. How did they figure that out?
  10. jordan1948

    jordan1948 Well-Known Member

    Other people.
  11. possom813

    possom813 Well-Known Member

    I was way off, I was thinking the final answer was the government.
  12. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    drunk drivers
  13. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    Heart Disease

  14. Sir Aardvark

    Sir Aardvark Well-Known Member

    It's nice to see that "Medical Misadventure" was identified early as a larger cause of death than guns.

    It is hypocritical of the AMA to take such an anti-gun stance, when they defend the rights of incompetent physicians.
  15. Bubba613

    Bubba613 member

    More kids drown in swimming pools than die by accidental gun fire.
    More people are injured falling off of ladders than accidentally by guns.

    What was the point of this again?
  16. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    The point wasn't accidental deaths. The query was as to what actually kills more people than guns.
  17. ar10

    ar10 Well-Known Member

    I know! I know!!!. Old age. That kills everyone eventually. :D:D
  18. Jeff F

    Jeff F Well-Known Member

  19. Jeff F

    Jeff F Well-Known Member

    I would think DUI also.
  20. divemedic

    divemedic Well-Known Member

    US Death rates (per 100,000):

    Accidental discharge of firearms (W32-W34) 0.3
    Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms (X72-X74) 5.7
    Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms (*U01.4,X93-X95) 4.2
    Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent (Y22-Y24) 0.1
    Total of all firearms causes: 10.3

    More people die from hernias than suicide by firearms:
    Hernia (K40-K46) 0.5
    Motor vehicle accidents 15.2

    Some other interesting facts:
    Whites had a higher incidence of suicide by firearm at 6.3, compared to 2.7 for blacks and 2.4 for all others, while whites had a much lower firearm homicide rate at 2.2, compared to 16.0 for blacks and 11.6 for all others.

    Breaking these figures down by race, and comparing them to rates in countries with similar racial make ups shows you will see that the US is in line with those countries. This to me suggests that murder is a phenomenon that is more related to cultural factors than to the means of carrying it out.
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