Why Don’t We Treat Gun Safety Like Car Safety?


Here’s a question for you: Which causes more deaths, motor vehicle traffic accidents or firearms? I asked a bunch of people that question, including a bunch of doctors, and everyone said that motor vehicles did, by a lot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 33,804 people died from motor vehicle traffic accidents — and 33,636 died from firearms… [That’s about 92 per day.]

Your next question might be, how many people die from drug overdoses every day?


Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers…

(It doesn’t say which year these statistics are from.)


In 2013:

Drug Overdose Total:  43,982  [120 per day]

Prescription Analgesics Total:  16,235  [44 per day]

Heroin Overdose Total:  6,235  [17 per day]

Alcohol-Induced Deaths:  29,001  [79 per day]

Cannabis (Marijuana):  0  [Zero per day]

Intentional Self-Harm (Suicide):  41,149  [113 per day]

Influenza and Pneumonia:  56,979  [156 per day]

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