The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) final report on death statistics for 2013 shows there were 35,369 deaths from motor vehicle accidents versus 505 deaths from the accidental discharge of firearms.
That is not a typo—35,369 versus 505. Americans are 70 times more likely to die in a vehicle accident than by the accidental discharge of a firearm.
Yet Michael Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety have not uttered a peep about Ford, Dodge, or Toyota control. They are utterly consumed with a new gun control push framed around accidental firearm deaths.
Again—35,369 deaths from motor vehicle accidents versus 505 accidental deaths from firearms. Just reading that ratio creates a sinking feeling in your stomach that perhaps the pursuit of gun control is totally unfounded.
Want to make that sinking feeling even worse? Think about this—Breitbart News previously reported that CDC numbers for 2010 show that you are 51 times more likely to die from an accidental poisoning than the accidental discharge of a firearm.
51 times more likely.
The CDC shows there were 30,781 accidental poisoning deaths in 2010 versus 600 accidental shooting deaths in that same year. There were 31,758 accidental poisoning deaths in 2009 versus 554 accidental shooting deaths, and 31,116 accidental poisoning deaths in 2008 versus 592 accidental shooting deaths.
When you add these figures up this is what you get:
Total number of deaths from accidental poisonings from 2008 through 2010 was 93,655.
Total number of accidental gun deaths from 2008 through 2010 was 1,746.
Wow—93,655 deaths by accidental poisoning versus 1,746 deaths via the accidental discharge of a firearm. Yet how many privately-donated millions will the left spend pushing gun control this year? And how many additional millions—acquired through taxes—will elected Democrats spend trying to find a way to expand gun control in our country?
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