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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Of Guns, Cars, Apples And Oranges

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed that anti-gunners are beating a renewed propaganda drum, trying to make guns seem less acceptable by comparing gun-related deaths to those from motor vehicle accidents.

The faults in the comparison, and conclusions drawn, are far too many to address in this small space. But suffice it to say that comparing accidental vehicular deaths to the grand total of suicides, murders, defensive homicides by private citizens, legal intervention homicides by law enforcement officers, and the relatively smaller number of firearm accident deaths is truly apples to oranges.

In truth, from 1981 through 2013 (the first and last year of data reported by the federal government), deaths due to accidents involving firearms decreased 73 percent, while those due to accidents involving motor vehicles decreased only 31 percent. You can read NRA-ILA’s more detailed examination of the guns versus cars propaganda here.