By Dave Workman
The National Shooting Sports Foundation recently published its Gun-Related Injury Statistics for 2016, and much as this is going to pain the gun prohibition lobby, unintentional firearms fatalities declined 57 percent over the two decades from 1994 through 2014.
That’s good if you’re a gun rights advocate, but it sucks if you’re trying to convince people that they shouldn’t have a firearm in the home. And here’s the frosting on that cake: According to NSSF, during that same 20-year period, “the number of unintentional firearm-related fatalities involving children 14 years of age and under…decreased by 73 percent.” Indeed, guns were involved in only 1.3 percent of unintentional fatalities among children age 14 years and younger.
For unintentional deaths in all age groups, firearms account for only 0.4 percent of all those fatalities.
More kids die in car crashes (33.8%), suffocate (30.5%) and drown (16.8%) than die from firearms mishaps, the NSSF report noted.
Citing data from the National Safety Council Injury Facts 2016 edition, NSSF found that firearms were involved in only 586 accidental fatalities in 2014. That same year, 35,398 people died in car accidents.
Want to know what went up? Choking deaths were up 57 percent from 1994, when 3,056 people reportedly choked to death to 4,816 fatalities in 2014. (Maybe some of that involved anti-gunners choking on the facts?)
According to the NSSF report, the number of firearms-related accidents declined a whopping 82 percent from a high of 3,200 in 1930 to a measly-by-comparison 600 in 2011.
What the mainstream media and anti-gunners seem loathe to report is that this dramatic decline in accidents involving firearms can be attributed to several factors, not the least of which are state hunter education programs, and education efforts by NSSF and the National Rifle Association. The NRA is often called “the Red Cross of gun organizations” for its firearm safety programs.
The gun industry, meanwhile, also pushes safety with programs including NSSF’s “Project ChildSafe.” Gun manufacturers supply free locking devices with all new firearms, and in the case of many handgun makers, those guns come with a cable lock or some other device, packaged in a hard-sided lockable gun case.
Now this will really raise some eyebrows: The NSSF, using sports participation estimates from the National Sporting Goods Association and data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (all 2015 estimates) said that you are 26/27 times more likely to be injured while playing softball or baseball than you are while hunting. Heck, you’re 29 times more likely to be injured while cheerleading than you are while hunting!
Want to really push your luck? Skateboarding and playing tackle football make you 58 times to 135 times, respectively, more likely to be injured than while hunting.
Time For Another Hitchcock Thriller?
A generation ago, the late Alfred Hitchcock scared the beejesus out of moviegoers with his thriller “The Birds.”
Those airborne feathered terrorists have got nothing on deer, according to the NSSF report. Using information from State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and the Federal Highway Administration, here’s how your odds shake out for a collision with a deer.
In Montana, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin, your odds of colliding with a deer range from 1 in 50 to 1 in 99. In about half of all the states, including Wyoming, New York, Vermont, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and through the Deep South (except for Florida and Louisiana), the odds of filling your deer tag with a car bumper are 1 in 100-199.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that there are more than 1.2 million deer-vehicle collisions annually. Where are you the least likely to smack a deer on the highway? Hawaii.
The next time you see a deer in the headlights, he’s probably been waiting all evening for you to come along.
That’s A Lot Of Fishhooks!
What can somebody buy with $5.5 billion? One of the most successful catalog and retail outdoors companies on the planet, that’s what.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s announced in early October that they had entered an agreement under which Bass Pro would acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share, adding up to the $5.5 billion price tag.
Both companies have become legends in outdoor marketing, proving that hunting and fishing is big business. They both have a chain of stores, with Cabela’s operating 85 such establishments and Bass Pro Shops running 99 stores. It wasn’t immediately clear whether any of those stores might close or employees might lose jobs.
Disorder In The Court
A Multnomah County, Oregon circuit court judge put his foot in it during a late September sentencing hearing for a convicted killer when he declared from the bench that firearms “are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned.”
That’s not all that Judge Kenneth Walker said about guns. His rant was posted on YouTube and reported by the Portland Oregonian.
“If I could,” the judge said to Marcell Lee Daniel, Jr., “I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean. Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”
Almost immediately, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, publicly called on Judge Walker to hang up his robe and resign from the bench. Gottlieb accused the judge of using his bench as “a bully pulpit to attack a constitutionally protected civil right.”
Back in June 2014, Daniel reportedly blipped off 30 rounds in a drive-by shooting in North Portland that left 24-year-old Andrew Coggins Jr. lying dead on a sidewalk.
After admonishing Walker, Gottlieb noted in a prepared statement that there are “many good reasons for honest citizens to have guns, including self-defense against criminals like the man he just sent to prison.”
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
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