Originally posted by horatio54:
I just read this and I have decided to retract my worthy participant line ...I'm out
Interesting. I thought we reconciled.
Once again, I tink you are reading some kind of 'attack' on your belief system in me telling you the statistics you seek don't exist. I'm not Not giving them to you, .. They don'e exist. The best you can do is find individual incidents on the subject as No One can record accurately, attempted or potential crimes. The use of a firearm in self defense is not a crime therefore not reportable to anyone.
Also, that you chooses to ignore a risk and hope for the best and are seemingly upset by our reasonable banter,.. Please accept all due apologies sir. No personal ref intended. Best of luck to you. I hope you stay safe forever. That goes for those that are Hoplophobic too.
And here is a little of the statistics I spoke of earlier. I can source all the data if you wish but this gives the skinny:
Myth: Accidental gun fatalities are a serious problem.
Fact: Firearm misuse causes only a small number of accidental deaths in the U.S.202
For example, compared to accidental death from firearms, you are:
• Four times more likely to burn to death or drown,
• 17 times more likely to be poisoned,
• 19 times more likely to fall, and
• 53 times more likely to die in an automobile accident.
Fact: In 2001, there were only 65 accidental gun deaths for children under age 13. About 11
times as many children die from drowning.203
Fact: In 1993, there were 1,334 drownings and 528 firearm-related accidental deaths from ages
0-19. Firearms outnumber pools by a factor of over 30:1. Thus, the risk of drowning in a pool is nearly 100 times higher than from a firearm-related accident for everyone, and nearly 500 times for ages 0-5.204
202 2001, Center for Disease Control, WISQARS
204 National Center for Health Statistics, and the National Spa and Pool Institute
Fact: Medical mistakes kill 400,000 people per year –
the equivalent of almost three fully loaded Boeing 747 jet crashes per day – or about 286 times the rate of all accidental firearm
This translates into 1 in 6 doctors causing
an accidental death, and 1 in 56,666 gun owners doing the same.
Fact: Only 3% of gun deaths are from accidents,
and some insurance investigations indicate that
many of these may not be accidents after all.206
Fact: Around 2,000 patients each year – six per day – are accidentally killed or injured in
hospitals by registered nurses.207
205 Medical death statistics from Dr. David Lawrence, CEO Kaiser Permanente. Gun deaths 1993, CDC report
206 Gary Kleck, “Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their Control”, 1997, Aldine de Gruyter at 293-324
207 Chicago Tribune report, Sept 10, 2000