Science: Completely eliminating guns would only save about 2,000 U.S. lives

Alternate Headline: We must ban hernias!

A great, must read, article came across the Gunnie News Nets today that I needed to comment on…

This Article dissects the fraudulent talking point of the gun grabbers that ‘guns kill 32,000 people each year! We must ban guns!’

***Emphasis mine:

While gun control advocates always quote the 32,000 number, it includes all justifiable shootings by every law enforcement agency at the local, state and federal level, plus every citizens’ use of firearms in self-defense. These are not instances that contribute to gun violence in America and rightfully should be subtracted from the annual total.

The numbers have also been inflated because suicides by firearms are included. In America, people determined to end their lives will opt to use a gun 50 percent of the time. What cannot be shown statistically is how many would use other means if a gun were not readily accessible.

However, when surveyed, two-thirds of professional mental health care givers say those intent on suicide will follow through whether or not a firearm is available.

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So here’s your second paradigm shift: Eliminating guns will not likely reduce suicides to any measurable extent, so that number must be rightfully subtracted from the annual total.

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So if we discount justifiable shootings, suicides and accidents, what is the actual body count for gun violence in America? Chop 32,000 by two-thirds and arrive at 11,000. Two questions must then be asked: Of the 11,000, who’s being killed and who’s doing the killing?

Eighty percent is attributed to gangbangers.

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All the hubbub must be about the remaining 2,000 annual deaths — about the same number lost each year to hernias.

Count em! A whopping 2,000 people!

Now lets put that into perspective… The U.S. Population right now is about 323,000,000 people.

Math: 2,000 divided by 323,000,000 equals 0.00000619% of the population.

Its ridiculous. I have dissected this before with Feinstein’s gun control bill and the number is even lower if you use the gun grabber’s own numbers… only about 665 lives saved.

Yep! We must ban hernias!

  1. Also keep in mind criminals illegally obtain firearms. So its impossible to make every gun disapear. Even in countries that already have banned guns they are available on the black market. They still have gun violence. Take mexico for example. and average that.

    To take this a step further how many instances has a firearm been used in self defense ( lethal or non) that would have otherwise ended in the victim being killed if you took that firearm away. The number of deaths would undiubtably grow by disarming citizens.

  2. To continue with the analysis: The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released the results of their research through the CDC in 2013. Researchers compiled data from previous studies in order to guide future research on gun violence, noting that “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.” Let’s assume that “only” 25% of these incidents would have actually resulted in the death of the person defending themselves (remembering that one should only use deadly force to protect again fear of death or grave bodily harm). That means somewhere between 125,000 and 750,000 would die each year without guns. As a result, completely eliminating guns would result in a net increase in annual deaths of 123,000-748,000.

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