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Sunday, April 15, 2018

People worried about gun violence in the U.S. cheerfully lie to make it seem like they actually have something to worry about

Over and over again, we hear that guns kill more people every year than do automobile accidents in the U.S. The U.S., of course, has more automobile deaths than pretty much any other country, because we have more people driving cars than pretty much any other country. I'm not even going to look up the numbers. The U.S. is a prosperous country, with more cars per capita than pretty much anybody, I'll bet, and more miles driven per capita than pretty much anybody else, too. So it sounds pretty serious to say that we have more gun deaths than traffic accident deaths. And it's true.

And it's meaningless. Some ignorant bitch screeches in a recent New York Times op-ed that Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than car accidents. Um, maybe, depending upong what you're talking about. About 35,000 people in the U.S. die every year in car accidents. Ditto for gun deaths. But roughly two-thirds of those "gun deaths" are suicides. The whack bitch in the New York Times is claiming the likelihood of being murdered with a gun is rising. It isn't. She claims that mass shootings, however you define those, are on the rise, and they aren't. The fact is that the risk of being killed with a gun in the U.S. is much lower than it has ever been, and that the rate is declining every year.

So how about people like her just shut the fuck up and worry about stuff that's actually worth worrying about? I'm not even sure what that is at this point, but I know I'm not worried about being killed in a mass shooting.



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