By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- There have been some misleading comparisons of “vehicle deaths” and “firearm deaths”. The misleading characteristic is to compare vehicle deaths, which are mainly unintentional, with deaths associated with firearms, which are mainly intentional and not accidental. The correct comparison with fatal vehicle crashes would be to fatal firearm accidents.
The claim has been made that vehicles have been highly regulated, and that is why the number of fatalities have been reduced, while firearms have not been regulated.
If you look at the chart, you see that accidental firearms fatalities, though much lower than vehicle fatalities to start with, have been reduced at an even more rapid rate.
In order to show both sets of fatal accident numbers, the vehicle fatalities have been reduced by 10x to fit them on the chart. In 2013, the number of vehicle fatalities is at a historic low of 32,719. The number of fatal firearm accidents is also at an historic low, 505.
This has occurred while the number of firearms has far outpaced the number of vehicles.
It is not hard to understand. Firearms are very durable, and …read more