The truth about guns, drugs, cars and liquor!
In 2016, according to the National Safety Council, drunk drivers in The United States killed 10,500 people. Roughly 37,500 people died in car accidents here overall. According to the NSC another 4 million people were injured in car accidents that were serious enough to require medical treatment the same year. NSC also reports more than 1,600 kids age 15 and under were killed in car accidents in 2016. Nearly 8,000 people died in crashes involving drivers 16-20 years old.
The annual cost of car accidents in The United States is more than $250 billion dollars. That is a staggering figure. Millions injured and billions spent in pursuit of the open road.
According to the CDC, in 2015 there were about 9,600 gun homicides in America. The vast majority of ‘gun deaths’ in America are suicides, which account for 2/3rds of the total number of people killed by guns which is about 33,000 people. The vast majority of these homicides are related to gangs and illegal drugs and are concentrated in well less than 5% of counties in America.
According to other statistics from The Centers for Disease Control less than 300 people under the age of 18 are killed in intentional gun homicides each year in America. That includes heartbreaking scenes like the one that unfolded at the high school in Florida.
The bottom line is this: young people in America are more than 135% more likely to be killed in a car accident than by a firearm and are 5 times more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than by a gun.
65,000 people died in 2016 from Opioids. More than 4000 of those deaths were among people 18 and under.
Drunk driving is illegal and yet it kills more kids in America than guns by many times. Drunk driving is also illegal and kills far more young people in America than guns every year.
So maybe following the logic of our liberal friends we should outlaw cars, ban alcohol and make all opioids illegal. After all misusing these things kills people. When guns are misused people die as well just not nearly as many.