Thursday, 1 December 2005
|0912 - Facts to ponder|
From Randy James, of KZPS in Dallas, via km5r:
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million....)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188.
Statistics courtesy of FBI
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, "Guns don't kill people, doctors do."
Not everyone has a gun, but almost everyone has at least one doctor.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.
We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.
current mood: content
Say, what kind of grip do you use on your doctor?
Depends if he's doing well or trying to kill me...the former, a nice firm handshake; the latter, a tight squeeze around the throat.
Um. Looking at 2002 data from the CDC:
Deaths from adverse effects from medical care or drug use: 2,843
Deaths, unintentional, from firearms: 762
Deaths, violence (homicide, legal intervention, and suicide), from firearms: 29,237
2002 seems pretty typical when compared against 1999-2001. (There were apparently changes in reporting between 1998 and 1999 so comparisons to years before may go weird.)
(The CDC's statistics site for fatal injuries is pretty cool -- http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate.html
However, those 29,000 deaths can't be held against the guns, like folks are wont to do; in some fractio of those cases, their use was entirely legal and justified ("legal intervention"), and the rest are because someone used them illegally.
The legal intervention number is 300, fwiw.
(I mostly wanted to check that 'doctors' number, which seems to be way off, and just kept running stats.)