• You’re 46.52 Times More Likely Fall to Your Death than to be Accidentally Shot to Death

    January 2, 2015

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    The following guest post was written and shared with us by IFC supporter Dean Ballweg. 

    If you have kids we strongly recommend the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program

    Since I have firearms in a home with 3 small children and I carry on a near daily basis, I did some thinking about how I have my firearms secured, both at home and on my person. I also thought about what I’ve taught, and continue to teach, my children about what to do if they see/find a firearm (anywhere) and about how and what I’m teaching them firearms safety. As usually happens for me, this lead me to doing some research, this time about firearms accidents.

    In 2011*, according to the CDC, there were 126, 438 accidental deaths in the United States. These break out as follows:

    Accidental deaths due to:
    1) Motor vehicle accidents – 35,303
    2) Other land transport accidents – 950
    3) Water/air/space/other/unspecified transport accidents – 1,770
    4) Falls – 27,483
    5) Accidental poisoning/exposure to noxious substances – 36,280
    6) Accidental drowning/submersion – 3,556
    7) Accidental exposure to smoke/fire/flames – 2,746
    8) Accidental discharge of firearms – 591
    9) Other/unspecified non-transport accidents – 17,759

    That’s right. Of the 9 leading causes of accidental deaths…firearms related accidents come in at 9th place, with nearly half the number of deaths of the next lowest cause of accidental deaths and fewer than 1/60 of the number of deaths attributed to the leading cause of accidental deaths.

    How many times more likely are you do die from one of the other 8 causes of accidental death than from a firearm accident?

    -Motor vehicle accidents – 59.73x
    -Other land transport accidents – 1.61x
    -Water/air/space/other/unspecified transport accidents – 2.99x
    -Falls – 46.52x
    -Accidental poisoning/exposure to noxious substances – 61.39x
    -Accidental drowning/submersion – 6.02x
    -Accidental exposure to smoke/fire/flames – 4.65x
    -Other/unspecified non-transport accidents – 30.05x
    *This is the last year for which CDC data is readily available.


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  • Southeastern silliness, or an ounce of prevention?

    July 9, 2014

    Burlington, IA — The Burlington City Council is considering an ordnance to ban the open or concealed carry of a toy or air gun on one’s person without a proper Iowa carry permit, and mandating that they be carried in a proper gun case when otherwise being transported.  Citing several past cases of mistaken identity, particularly with minors, Burlington Police Chief Doug Beaird fears that police officers may someday shoot someone with a toy gun, believing in the moment that the gun is real and resulting in the use of lethal force.

    Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell said, ““It’s not saying that nobody can have [a toy or BB gun].  It’s saying that they need to be in a proper carrying bag, so that you’re not running around with a BB gun that may or may not look real.”  The proposed ordinance would cover all spring-loaded or compressed air powered BB and airsoft guns, as well as any other paintball, pellet or replica gun.

    We at IFC certainly recognize the potential public safety issue here, and we applaud the Burlington City Council for their good intentions in considering this matter.  However we must also ask whether a city ordinance, which will ostensibly be aimed mostly at children, is really the appropriate and most effective solution to the problem?  The youthful offenders in question are already acting foolishly, and there’s presently no logical reason why a minor walking around with a BB gun will be deterred by a new ordinance–not to mention law enforcement will still be required to confront them and will still be faced with the same problem.  It must be considered then what such a law will actually accomplish, except just making a few city officials, and maybe a few parents, feel good for a while?

    The Burlington City Council will likely hear this issue twice more prior to a final vote.

    If you live in Burlington, give the matter some thought and let your city representatives know what you think.  For everyone else in Iowa, this is the kind of thing we all need to stay vigilant for and always be ready to provide input on.  This isn’t specifically a Second Amendment issue this time, but we must nonetheless take care that anti-gun fear and paranoia doesn’t spill over into other issues, and result in the passage of still more ineffectual laws that seem so popular today.

    Providing a little food for thought,
    Barry B. Snell
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member