Sunday, January 4, 2009

Firearm Safety In America 2007

From the NRA, we have a summary of the true state of firearm safety in America. Some highlights:
  • Firearm accident deaths have been decreasing for decades. Since 1930, their annual number has decreased 80%, while the U.S. population has more than doubled and the number of firearms has quintupled. Among children, such deaths have decreased 89% since 1975.
  • Firearm accident deaths are at an all-time annual low, while the U.S. population is at an all-time high. Therefore, the firearm accident death rate is at an all-time annual low, 0.2 per 100,000 population, down 94% since the all-time high in 1904.
  • Today, the odds are a million to one against a child in the U.S. dying in a firearm accident.
  • Firearms are involved in 0.6% of accidental deaths nationally. Most accidental deaths involve, or are due to, motor vehicles (39%), poisoning (18%), falls (16%), suffocation (5%), drowning (2.9%), fires (2.8%), medical mistakes (2.2%), environmental factors (1.2%), and bicycles and tricycles (0.7%). Among children: motor vehicles (45%), suffocation (18%), drowning (14%), fires (9%), bicycles and tricycles (2.4%), falls (2%), poisoning (1.6%),environmental factors (1.5%), and medical mistakes (0.8%).
As usual, the fear-mongering hysterical hyperbole of the Brady Campaign and their cohorts is nothing but bald-faced lies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I got a laser sight for my .38 and the instructions tell me I "must" affix the two tiny "Danger" labels to my gun.