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Accidental Gun Deaths 2002-2007
National Safety Council, CDC ^ | 5 July, 2011 | Marktwain

Posted on 07/05/2011 10:00:33 AM PDT by marktwain

The number of fatal firearms accidents for the last six years of record are:

2002 - 762;

2003 - 730;

2004 - 649;

2005 - 630;

2006 - 680.

2007 - 613

I had to hunt a bit for this information, which I think many are interested in. The accidental firearm death rate is down over 94% since 1905.

You have to do a bit of work at the link to find the figures in the source.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: accident; bang; banglist; deaths; fatal; firearms
You do not see up to date figures on accidental firearms deaths in the media anymore. What you see are figures from the 1990's, when the totals were about 1,500. I have not been able to find any data more recent than 2007, even though I would have expected that the 2008 data would have been available by now.
1 posted on 07/05/2011 10:00:40 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

In 2002, the largest total number of accidental firearm deaths made up 0.0003% of the population. If driving an automobile was only this safe. (@ 41000 auto accidents per year the number is 0.01% of the population)


2 posted on 07/05/2011 10:13:52 AM PDT by MCCC
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To: marktwain

BFL...


3 posted on 07/05/2011 10:15:33 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: marktwain

Good catch, Marktwain. Interesting too, that the -lowest- number of accidental deaths is after the -highest- spike of private gun sales in our nation’s history. I have wondered who was buying them. Looks like they are going into the right hands. May also reflect more thorough training and general information as a by product of the spread of conceal carry jurisdictions in the US.


4 posted on 07/05/2011 10:18:02 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (We are not governed. We are occupied.)
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To: marktwain
In before the obligatory...

"Bush's fault.'

5 posted on 07/05/2011 10:27:20 AM PDT by deadrock
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To: marktwain

Fabulous catch. Added to profile.


6 posted on 07/05/2011 10:41:43 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: marktwain

There is also a difference between the proximate cause of death, the gun shot, and the actual cause of death. Which before penicillin was most probably infection.


7 posted on 07/05/2011 10:44:55 AM PDT by MCCC
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To: Psalm 144
May also reflect more thorough training and general information as a by product of the spread of conceal carry jurisdictions in the US.

I had the same thought. With 48 states having some form of concealed carry option (49 when the Wisconsin bill is signed on 8 July), More citizens are familiar with firearms on a daily basis.

8 posted on 07/05/2011 10:44:56 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

You have to check around, but I believe (don’t quote me on this) that the number of firearms related fatalities is lower than bicycle accidents, drownings, and electrocutions. Lower than deaths from mismanaged surgeries, and waaaaaay lower than traffic accidents.

It’s way, way down there in the basement.

Of course, you’ll never hear that from the media.


9 posted on 07/05/2011 10:46:02 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

I bet that a lot of these firearms accidents were suicides that sympathetic LEO’s called an accident. That way the family can collect the insurance money.


10 posted on 07/05/2011 11:02:24 AM PDT by gusty
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To: marktwain

11 posted on 07/05/2011 11:04:33 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Can you afford to board the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?)
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To: gusty; All
I bet that a lot of these firearms accidents were suicides that sympathetic LEO’s called an accident. That way the family can collect the insurance money.

It is quite possible. With about 18,000 suicides committed with guns per year, a small amount of sympathy would make a large upward difference in the number of fatal gun accidents reported.

12 posted on 07/05/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Do these numbers include Glocks or not?


13 posted on 07/05/2011 11:09:11 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor
Do these numbers include Glocks or not?

It is a good question. It is very hard to fire a Glock without pressing the trigger, so some might question the chance of Glocks ending up in these numbers, claiming that if the trigger is pressed, it is not really an accident.

However, I recall at least one case where the pull on a coat waistband got into a Glock trigger guard; when the officer tried to holster the pistol, it accidentally discharged, but no one was killed.

Most fatal firearms accidents today occur among a subset of young males who are notoriously unconcerned with risk or responsibility.

As an example, I know of at least three fatal firearms "accidents" where the people involved were drinking, one of them put a beer can (or equivalent) on their head, and said: Shoot this can off of my head!

A lot of people would say that the above behavior wasn't really an accident, but negligence. Still most fatal firearm "accidents" today involve that level of irresponsible behavior.

14 posted on 07/05/2011 11:19:32 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
The problem with presenting these figures in isolation is that it allows the under-50 IQ crowd to say, "SEE? ONE ACCIDENTAL FIREARM DEATH IS TOO MANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

How many accidental deaths have there been from swimming pools? Exploding propane tanks? River Rafting? Spectating at motor car events? Eating chicken? Running with scissors? Using BB guns?

See where I'm going with this?

Context and perspective are everything.
The anti-gun crowd in an advanced society is the most helpless, clueless, irrational, self-centered, despotic, delusional group that must be tolerated. Fortunately, the first to die off from sundry causes when TSHTF.

Force them to spend a week without electricity. That will make their heards explode, but would teach them both perspective and humility.

15 posted on 07/05/2011 11:42:03 AM PDT by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: marktwain

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/dea-agent-shoots-self-in-foot/3e9483f62ac1940f0e2c3e9483f62ac1940f0e2c-962611315327?q=DEA+agent+shoots+self&FROM=LKVR5&GT1=LKVR5&FORM=LKVR&adlt=strict


16 posted on 07/05/2011 11:55:12 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Morgan at Cowpens.)
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To: Publius6961
BTW how many died with “accidental electrocutions”?
17 posted on 07/05/2011 11:56:30 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Morgan at Cowpens.)
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To: marktwain
Accidental Gun Deaths 2002-2007

That's a lot of gun deaths. I get sad whenever a gun dies, whether by accident or not.

18 posted on 07/05/2011 12:02:16 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: marktwain
I wonder if this reflects improved safety or a change in reporting. If the LEO's are reporting more “accidental” firearm deaths as homicides (negligent or otherwise), the “accidental” numbers would go down.
19 posted on 07/05/2011 12:23:20 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: marktwain

For comparison:

“An average of about 240 children under 5 years old drown in swimming pools nationwide each year. But CPSC also has reports of about 110 children under 5 who have drowned in other products in and around the home each year. These products include bathtubs, hot tubs, spas, buckets and other containers.”

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/homedrowning.htm


20 posted on 07/05/2011 12:28:45 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: Jack Hammer; All
You have to check around, but I believe (don’t quote me on this) that the number of firearms related fatalities is lower than bicycle accidents, drownings, and electrocutions. Lower than deaths from mismanaged surgeries, and waaaaaay lower than traffic accidents.

Fatal firearms accidents in the U.S., 613.

Fatal bicycle accidents in the U.S. 698.

It appears, as far as accidents go, bicycles are more dangerous than guns.

21 posted on 07/05/2011 1:44:21 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Publius6961
Force them to spend a week without electricity.

I think you are onto something here. I am not sure how it could be done, but it is an extension of the old axiom that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.

22 posted on 07/05/2011 1:47:17 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Thanks, MT. You do good work, getting this type of info in front of the rest of us. Now if only you could teach the libs to read and understand it too. (I know, I ask too much!)


23 posted on 07/05/2011 2:18:12 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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You know that’s not how that works. The lib’s see this and their reaction is “Oh my God!! Look at the slaughter guns cause. If we could save just one life....etc. etc.”


24 posted on 07/05/2011 2:25:29 PM PDT by saleman (!!!!)
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To: marktwain; All
You have to check around, but I believe (don’t quote me on this) that the number of firearms related fatalities is lower than bicycle accidents, drownings, and electrocutions. Lower than deaths from mismanaged surgeries, and waaaaaay lower than traffic accidents. Fatal firearms accidents in the U.S., 613. Fatal bicycle accidents in the U.S. 698. It appears, as far as accidents go, bicycles are more dangerous than guns.

I should have mentioned: This is for the year 2007.

25 posted on 07/05/2011 2:32:52 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: deoetdoctrinae

Thank you for your kind words. They are appreciated.


26 posted on 07/05/2011 2:34:41 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Firearms Deaths (from Politifact - known to have a liberal bias)

• Suicides: 102,002 between 2002 and 2007
• Homicides: 73,148 between 2002 and 2007
• Accidental: 4,185 between 2002 and 2007
• Legal shootings: 1,999 between 2002 and 2007
• Undetermined: 1,427 between 2002 and 2007


27 posted on 07/05/2011 5:27:15 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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http://wisqars.cdc.gov:8080/cdcMapFramework/mapModuleInterfacePdf.jsp

http://wisqars.cdc.gov:8080/cdcMapFramework/mapModuleInterface.jsp


28 posted on 07/05/2011 5:42:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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