Right now there is no incentive for the firearm industry to support policies that could lower the firearm injury/death rate. Basically, the more firearms they can sell the more profit they will make, no matter what its impact on the firearm injury/ death rate. The U.S. firearm injury/death rate is significantly higher than any other comparable developed country. The U.S. firearm death/injury rate is approximately 10.2/100,000 people per year. That is more than 100% higher than Canada's rate which is about 4.8/100,000 people per year. Though the firearm industry makes about $1 billion in profits per year, it is estimated the health care costs from firearm deaths and injuries total about $40 billion/year. No doubt a significant amount of the healthcare costs are paid by our tax dollars via medicaid and medicare. Therefore I ask you to go to the following white house link
to sign the petition that requests that the white house looks into imposing a tax on firearms that is proportional to the firearm death/injury rate. That would give an incentive to the firearm industry to support policies that reduce the firearm death/injury rate. The proceeds from this tax can be used to defray the health care costs associated with firearm injuries.
Hopefully we can work together to try to lower the U.S. firearm death/injury rate.