In the wake of last weekend's, 2014 NRA/NRAAM Annual Meetings and Exhibits, I came across a study conducted eight months ago by two New York City cardiologists. They found there are more guns and gun deaths in the United States, than in 27 other developed countries. Dr. Sripal Bangalore and Dr. Franz Messerli claimed they conducted the study to see which side of the gun debate was stating facts (biting my tongue):
“I think we need more of what I would call evidence-based discussion and not merely people pulling things out of their hats,” Bangalore said. “We hear time and time again about these shootings, especially in the last year or so. A lot of claims are made…so we wanted to look at the data and see if any of this holds water.”They gathered their information from World Heath Organizaiton (a fascinating interactive site) and Small Arms Survey.United StatesDrs. Sripal Bangalore is with NYU Langone Medical Center and Dr. Franz Messerli is with St. Luke’s Medical Center.
88.8 Guns per 100
10.2 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
45.7 Guns per 100
3.84 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
45.3 Guns per 100
3.64 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
31.6 Guns per 100
1.47 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
31.3 Guns per 100
1.78 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
31.2 Guns per 100
3 FireaFirearm-related Deaths per 100,000
30.8 Guns per 100
2.44 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
30.4 Guns per 100
2.94 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
30.3 Guns per 100
1.25 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
30.3 Guns per 100
1.1 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
22.6 Guns per 100
2.66 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
22.5 Guns per 100
1.5 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
17.2 Guns per 100
2.43 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
15.3 Guns per 100
1.81 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
15 Guns per 100
1.04 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
12.7 Guns per 100
9.41 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
12.5 Guns per 100
0.72 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
12 Guns per 100
1.45 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
11.9 Guns per 100
2.16 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
11.9 Guns per 100
1.28 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
10.4 Guns per 100
0.63 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
8.6 Guns per 100
1.03 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
8.5 Guns per 100
1.77 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
7.3 Guns per 100
1.86 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
6.2 Guns per 100
0.25 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
3.9 Guns per 100
0.46 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
0.6 Guns per 100
0.06 Firearm-related Deaths per 100,000
To add to the study there have been more gun deaths since 1968, than in all the U.S. wars combined. Perhaps now the NRA will listen. Of course they won't.I'm not against guns/gun owners. I'm against the never-ending stories about unnecessary deaths caused by gun owners who are irresponsible and dangerous. And I'm against those in the NRA who continue to twist the motives of concerned citizens. We're not after all of your guns. What we want is a safer America for our children. Oh, and just a suggestion - you might want to consider getting another NRA/NRAAM spokesmodel - one who doesn't condone and encourage water-boarding torture. You know the one I mean.
Visit: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America - a very successful non-partisan organization that works to find solutions.
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