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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

More Guns, Less Unintentional Firearms Deaths

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released the 2015 Edition of the Firearms-Related Injury Statistics and the numbers continue to show even as the number of firearms in the country has increased exponentially in the last six and a half years, the number of unintentional firearm deaths has decreased:
Data released by the National Safety Council demonstrates that unintentional firearms-related fatalities continue to remain at historically low levels. In fact, in the last two decades, the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities has declined by 65 percent — from 1,521 unintentional fatalities in 1993 to 530* in 2013.

Firearms are involved in fewer than a ½-percent of all unintentional fatalities in the United States. In a side by side comparison, firearms rank among the lowest causes of accidental injury.
The rate of unintentional firearms deaths has decreased faster than the rate of unintentional deaths caused by moter vehicles and choking. For children 14 years of age and under, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of fatality. Firearms are one of the lowest causes of injury among children.   So much for the anti-rights meme that a gun in the home makes it more likely that a family member will die.

NSSF notes too that the combination of increased number of firearms training courses and safe storage programs have had a major impact on unintentional deaths caused by firearms.  Don't look for the story to be reported in the mainstream media though.

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