Re: GUNS: Accidental Deaths (was Re: FAQ Additions (Posthuman mind

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 01 Mar 1999 18:43:36 -0500

Harvey Newstrom wrote:

> Mike claimed 31 kids in 35 years.
> But seriously, how did you extract that number above while ignoring the
> rest of my sentence? The sentence you are quoting had 34 kids under age
> 5, 56 children aged 5-9, and 146 children aged 10-14. That's 236 kids,
> not the 34 you are quoting.

That was what I claimed, however I don't have any cites at hand for that, though I had just been talking about the source with a buddy who owns a gun store about an hour before I posted that. It was obviously hearsay. I can say for a fact that the national board which posts the accident rates for all activities did post the accident rate for firearms, and even the overall rate for accidental death from firearms is lower than the rates for private aviation, and about the same level as commercial aviation. Commercial aviation, is in fact only surpassed in terms of safety in the transportation sector by one other means: elevators. Firearms should be the last thing that cities should be filing lawsuits over. The accidental death rate from automobiles, for example, is shockingly high, even today. There are still around 30,000 people killed on the roads in the US each year. And don't get me started about bathroom fixtures. Did you know that the bathroom is the room a person is most likely to die in??? Slippery bathroom tiles are a public threat and should be banned like assault weapons. They should build toilets so that nobody has to burn more than two calories or raise their blood pressure more than 5 points to drop a load...;)

I have not had a chance to talk with my buddy for several days, but I will try to reaffirm what his source was on that stat.

Mike Lorrey