Friday, April 26, 2013

R.E.O. Deathwagon

Damn You, Ransom E. Olds!  And damn your interchangeable automobile parts giving rise to the modern automobile industry and mass production of death machines.

A person is three times more likely to be killed by an automobile than by a gun.  It's high time to ban the automobile.

The U.S. homicide rate was 4.7 per 100,000 persons in 2011.  That would be 14,570 homicides in a population of 310,000,000.  67.5% of homicides were by gun.  That is 9,835 homicides by gun.

The number of automobile deaths in 2011 was 32,367 in the U.S.  Over three times the amount of gun homicides.

Put another way, the number of automobiles in the U.S. is somewhere around 255,000,000.  With 32,367 deaths, that would mean that 0.0127 percent of automobiles are involved in a death in 2011.  A very small percentage.

With 300,000,000 guns in the U.S., we have 9,835 gun homicides.  That is 0.00328% of firearms involved in a homicide in 2011, about one-fourth the rate for automobiles.  A very, very small amount.

The rate may be even less due to an error of methodology which favors the automobile:  Most gun homicides are of a single person.  Automobile fatalities where one automobile collision results in multiple fatalities are common. 

The bottom line:  Chuckie Schumer, Diane Fineswine, Mayor Boob-berg, the Manchurian Hawaiian, and others of the anti-gun ilk are missing the boat.  If they really wanted to save lives, they would get straightaway to banning the automobile.

Sadly, Chuckie, Ms. Fineswine, Boob-berg, the Kenyan-in-chief, and other collectivist totalitarians are more interested in consolidating political power and subjugating the citizenry than in saving lives.

That also explains the burgeoning business in government contracts to supply black pajamas and large amounts of ammunition.

Thanks to Karl Denninger for planting the idea:  Why We Can't Have a "Reasonable Discussion" on 2A.

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