04 Jan 2005 03:28:34
- - - Yahoo! News; Doctors Kill More People a Year Than Guns - Nathan Tabor

Doctors Kill More People a Year Than Guns
---Nathan Tabor
---The Sierra Times
---This Article Published 12. 29. 04 at 18:09

Back before the November election, many mainstream media pundits -- trying
desperately to get John Kerry elected -- began to harp on President Bush's
unwillingness to stop certain federal gun control laws from expiring as
scheduled. But their propaganda efforts came to naught because this issue
was a non-starter with the American people. The fact is, in this day of
post-911 increased security consciousness, most average Americans simply don
't want more gun control. They want more guns on hand to defend themselves
and their loved ones in the face of possible life-threatening danger. Soccer
moms are now taking handgun proficiency courses down at the local firing
Liberals are always complaining about getting to the root of the problem --
unless it deals with gun rights. Then they abandon all logical analysis and
resort to hysteria, distortion and downright lies.

Today I want to set the record straight and dispel a few of the more common
myths with some hard facts.

First, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Dept. of Health and
Human Services, there is an interesting correlation between accidental
deaths caused by guns and by doctors.

Doctors: (A) There are 700,000 physicians in the U.S. (B) Accidental deaths
caused by physicians total 120,000 per year. (C) Accidental death percentage
per physician is 0.171.

Guns: (A) There are 80 million gun owners in the U.S. (B) There are 1,500
accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups. (C) The percentage of
accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.0000188.

Statistically, then, doctors are 9,000 times more dangerous to the public
health than gun owners. Fact: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE
HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR. Following the logic of liberals, we should all be
warned: "Guns don't kill people. Doctors do."

More seriously, Dr. Glen Otero of the Claremont Institute has published an
enlightening article entitled "Ten Myths About Gun Control." (This entire
article can be found at the website of Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws,
www.dsl.org.) Here are just a few of his well-documented findings. ?
Approximately 80 percent of all adult American citizens own firearms, and a
gun can be found in nearly half of American households. ? Between 1974 and
1995, the total number of privately owned firearms in America increased by
75 percent, to 236 million. During the same period, national homicide and
robbery rates did NOT significantly increase. ? Less than 1 percent of all
guns are involved in any type of crime, which means that 99 percent of all
guns are NOT used to commit any crime. ? In 1987, the National Crime
Victimization Survey estimated that about 83 percent of Americans would
become the victims of violent crime during the course of their lifetime. ?
The National Self-Defense Survey found that between 1988 and 1993, American
civilians used firearms in self-defense almost 2.5 million times per year,
saving up to 400,000 lives per year in the process. ? Guns in the hands of
law-abiding citizens deter crime. Where U.S. counties have enacted
concealed-carry laws, murder rates fell by 8 percent, rape by 5 percent, and
aggravated assault by 7 percent. Urban counties recorded the largest
decreases demographically.

You get the picture: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. But
sometimes law-abiding citizens with guns can save the lives of other
innocent people.

It's time to restore some common sense to the hysterical debate over gun
control. When Cain killed Abel with a rock, God didn't ban all rocks. He
dealt with Cain personally. We need to enforce our criminal laws against
murder, robbery, and assault.

I will cite the testimony of just one more expert witness. No, it's not
another politician or media pundit. Here's what former Mafia underboss,
self-confessed hit man, and government informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
had to say:

"Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I
want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun.
Safety locks? You pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the
trigger. We'll see who wins."

It's time for Liberals to go out and buy a gun. And maybe get a life or at
least protect one.

Copyright 2004 by Nathan Tabor

Nathan Tabor is a conservative political activist based in Kernersville,
North Carolina. He has his BA in Psychology and his Master's Degree in
Public Policy. He is a contributing editor at www.theconservativevoice.com.
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