American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015

| March 6, 2013

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CDC statistics indicate that American gun deaths are on track to exceed traffic fatalities by 2015.

While motor-vehicle deaths dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2010, gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend.

Gun deaths by homicide, suicide or accident peaked at 37,666 in 1993 before declining to a low of 28,393 in 2000, the data show. Since then the total has risen to 31,328 in 2010, an increase of 2,935, or eight more victims a day.

Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, says “The fall in traffic deaths resulted from safer vehicles, restricted privileges for young drivers and seat-belt and other laws. By contrast, we’ve made policy decisions that have had the impact of making the widest array of firearms available to the widest array of people under the widest array of conditions.”

And the rate is increasing. The latest NBC/WSJ poll indicates that the number of households reporting gun ownership rose a full percentage point in just one month. In comparison, gun ownership rose just 3 points since January, 2011.

Ownership currently stands at 42%.

Summary

American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015

“While motor-vehicle deaths dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2010, gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend.”

“The fall in traffic deaths resulted from safer vehicles, restricted privileges for young drivers and seat-belt and other laws. By contrast, we’ve made policy decisions that have had the impact of making the widest array of firearms available to the widest array of people under the widest array of conditions.”

GUNFAQ: http://www.gunfaq.org/2013/03/american-gun-deaths-to-exceed-traffic-fatalities-by-2015/

See original article at Bloomberg.com

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