For at least 50 years motor vehicles and firearms were the leading causes of deaths however, drug related deaths now outnumber firearm deaths. The following information may surprise you. The data source is National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Vital Statistics System and produced by Office of Statistics and Programming, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC using WISQARS™.
It relates to the amount of Unintentional Deaths in 2010 in the United States as follows:
Unintentional Motor Vehicle Traffic 33,687, Unintentional Poisoning 33,041, Unintentional Fall 26,009, Unintentional Suffocation 6,165, Unintentional Drowning 3,782 and Unintentional Firearm 26.
Unintentional deaths in 2005 are listed as follows;
Unintentional MV Traffic 43,667, Unintentional Poisoning 23,618, Unintentional Fall 19,656, Unintentional Suffocation 5,900, Unintentional Drowning 3,582 and Unintentional Firearm 37.
There are an estimated 11 million Concealed Carry licenses issued today, not including those gun owners without a license, plus an estimated 300 million firearms privately owned and the accidental death rate from firearms is extremely low as noted above. Concealed Carry gun owners did a splendid job on safety practice compared to the other accidental death causes outlined above; however, the quest for improvement must always be maintained.
The bad news about accidental firearm deaths is compounded because it occurred to our children ages 10 to 14 and can only be prevented by responsible gun owners.
The manufactures of gun lock and storage devices, along with children’s educational programs help to fight this problem. The Eddie Eagle program, sponsored by the NRA, is a good example shown to young children; http://www.nrahq.org/safety/ .
The most frequent violations of firearm use come from Firearm Homicide, 11,078 and Firearm Suicides, 19,392; however, they are still outnumbered by accidents from drug use, motor vehicles and unintentional falls as noted above.
The major anti-gun argument is; ‘firearm violations will be reduced or eliminated if guns are taken away’. Gun opponents believed this to be the answer, same as those who supported the alcohol Prohibition movement which started in 1920 and was repealed after 13 years. It involved a nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages and resulted in illegal production by criminal organizations across the country.
It’s pitiful when a small percentage of individuals make the wrong choices about guns and alcohol, but, should the solution to their problem involve taking away the right to choose from others…and will this really “solve” their problem? Our legislators also need to reconsider the “rights” of mentally impaired people who are a threat to themselves and others. The second Amendment right to Concealed Carry is here to stay and anti-gun people should zero in on understanding the real causes for misuse of firearms and respect the rights of Concealed Carry citizens.
There will always be the isolated cases where gun owners will make safety mistakes that make the front pages and give Concealed Carry a bad name. A sheriff actually shot himself in the foot when removing his gun from his pocket. It apparently discharged when attempting to remove his keys. Another sheriff shot himself in the hand when attempting to deactivate the hammer on his gun. A DEA cop shot himself in the foot while giving a “safety” presentation.
These are extremely rare cases where normally reliable, well qualified individuals made careless mistakes that could happen to anyone. Let these serve as reminders that such incidents can happen. Be confident when handling your weapon and always fear what can happen due to negligence.
Overall, we can be proud of our Concealed Carry safety record relative to the other causes noted above…keep up the good work, be vigilant and keep on packin dude.
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