Sunday, February 26, 2006

US Firearm Accident Statistics

In all the noise over VP Cheney's hunting accident, very little has been said about the nature of hunting and firearms accidents. Missoulian: Actually, firearm accident trend is good - Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006 is an exception.
[A]ccidental deaths involving firearms comprise less than 1 percent of accidental deaths or about 700 deaths a year nationwide in 2004, the most recent year studied. [NSSF] cites a recent report from the National Safety Council, a nonprofit public service organization, showing an amazing 48 percent decline in accidental firearm-related deaths in the past decade. According to the National Safety Council, which keeps tabs on accidents in its “Injury Facts 2005-2006” publication, no other category of accidental death has declined as much in recent years.
Some statistics from the National Safety Council: The average Americans chances of dying
In any accident1 in 23
By a vehicle while walking1 in 612
Fall from bed, chair, furntiture1 in 4745
Firearm accident1 in 4888

As Alphecca says, "If people really want to be safe, they should get rid of all their furniture!"

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