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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/claire-mccarthy-md/why-dont-we-treat-gun-safety-like-car-safety_b_7487664.html

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?

http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/

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

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

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/causes_of_death#sthash.Qtvx5DmF.dpbs

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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