February 19, 2008



Subject: Doctors and Guns

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.

Now think about this:

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000 (Yes, 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, for all age groups, is 1,500
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000188

Statistics courtesy of FBI.

So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."

...Please alert your friends.

It really does amaze me how guns have become public enemy number one for the lefties of the world. It also amazes me how media coverage is almost exclusively of the negative sort when it comes to guns. We are never told the numbers of (likely) homicides and thefts and rapes prevented by guns each year. We are never told how many times a gun is used successfully "without a shot being fired." We are rarely, if ever, told anecdotal stories about old ladies or old men who manage to preserve their dignity and spare themselves the loss of income or whatever simply by having a gun around. I don't own a gun, but I support everyone's right to have one around. For protection, for hunting, for collecting, for security. For just about any reason.

What I really can't understand is what on earth people think gun bans are going to accomplish. Gun ban advocates are usually on the left, and are often opposed to the war on drugs. They can see that making drugs illegal doesn't make them go away, and yet they seem to think that if we institute a gun ban, then every criminal in the country who would ever shoot anyone will happily stroll on down to the local police and turn in all their weapons. And when you point out to people that the only folks who would get rid of their guns in a complete gun ban are the ones who are law abiding (to a fault one might argue), they agree with you, but they still think that a gun ban would be a "good thing."

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