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2013-01-02
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Guns versus Cars

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So social media has been littered with pro-gun and anti-gun memes since the school shooting. Each party tends to view the other as incomprehensibly stupid (amazingly just like politics). But there is one joke meme that I would like to toss out there.

Reference the attached image regarding the Assault Vehicle. It makes the same arguments against sports cars that many anti-gun advocates make - which ultimately boil down to no law abiding citizen needs it. Cars are clearly a significant vector for deaths in America. From the CDC:

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. The economic impact is also notable: the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.

I couldn't find the cited data on the CDC page, but vehicle specific deaths average 31K per year. It makes you wonder since gun related deaths are pretty much equal to traffic deaths. Thus, if a gun as an instrument is a problem due to the per capita death potential, then so is a car and thus it must be treated with the same scrutiny if not more. Why more? There are more ancillary injuries from traffic accidents than from non-fatal gun accidents. Traffic accidents further impact other drivers and have a economic loss for business and industry whereas guns tend to be pretty localized, spot events.

So for the anti-gun crowd here - if taken seriously, how can you refute the car meme?



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