• 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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  • FBI Data Confirms: More Guns DO NOT Mean More Crime

    November 12, 2014


    FBI Data

    Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., and the folks at the Crime Prevention Research Center just released their latest findings that indicate an important trend. Murder rates in the United States have been falling steadily for the last several years, based on the latest numbers from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Meantime, the number of Americans with Concealed Carry Permits, and gun purchases have risen very dramatically over the same period of time.

    Keep in mind it’s impossible to say that increased gun sales and concealed carry permits is the exact cause of this drop in crime. But we can say without a doubt that more guns being sold, and more Americans carrying concealed DOES NOT LEAD TO MORE MURDERS.

    Remember this the next time you see the “gunsense crowd” droning on about blood in the streets and how critical things are the United States. Tell them they’re much safer in the US than they were 20 years ago.

    The facts are:

    • Gun sales have been on the rise for years
    • Concealed Carry Permit holders are dramatically increasing in number
    • The number of murders have fallen dramatically (down approximately 40% since 1994)
    • The violent crime rate has been cut in half (down 49% since 1994)