One of the most popular pro-gun arguments from the gun fetishists is that cars kill more people than guns, and then want to know if we should outlaw cars.
Obviously this is an illogical comparison as we regulate cars heavily and do everything we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. Unlike many states where gun regulations make it far too easy to access a gun.
However, this whole argument is now being turned on its head because 14 states are now reporting more gun related deaths than car related deaths.
According to The Oregonian:
Oregon was one of 14 states where gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 2011, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center.
Data was compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
The study was conducted using the most recent data available. The researchers found that besides Oregon 13 other states where gun related deaths exceeded motor vehicle deaths in 2011 were: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state, as well as the District of Columbia.
The safety and regulations of automobiles is seen as a massive success, yet firearms remain outside the jurisdiction of United States health and safety regulations.
According to The DailyKOS:
More than 90 percent of American households own a car while little more than a third of American households contain a gun. And yet, if charted out year by year as seen in the preceding graph, deaths nationwide from these two consumer products are on a trajectory to intersect.
As gun death grow and become seemingly more common, or at the very least outpacing deaths by automobiles with the American people take notice and finally demand the US government take serious actions and stop pandering to the NRA and other special interest groups?