Trump, NRA and 30,000 Deaths a Year

Watch out! The NY Times is all over Trump and his promises to the NRA to end the gun-free zones in schools and colleges on his first day in office.

Although he once supported a ban on assault weapons on the home front, Donald Trump has shown no hesitation in readjusting as a presidential candidate to pander to the gun industry, fervidly vowing in January to end gun-free zones in schools and on military bases on his first day in the White House. “My first day, it gets signed, okay?” he told a rally in gun-friendly Vermont. “My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.” NY Times Article

The article goes on to say that Trump will appear at the NRA’s Annual Meeting this year. The issue I take with these news articles is the reporting of

It would be better for voters and their safety if his speech were connected to a full campaign debate over guns as a public health issue costing more than 30,000 lives a year. NY Times Article

Do you really think 30,000 deaths a year is a large number? There is the same amount of automobile deaths in a year. Let’s go to the CDC website and look at the top causes of death, shall we?

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Okay let’s look at this. In 1980 all of the deaths, #10 cause was suicide (through all methods, not just gun related) and in 2014 not only were there more deaths but the suicide instances rose. There were 636,577 more deaths in 2014 than 1980 and an increase of 15,904 more suicides.

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Now it’s broken down between male & females. The males are more suicide prone apparently. 20,505 Suicide deaths in 1980 and 33,113 in 2014 and increase of 12,608. Look though, homicide is on the male side during 1980 but didn’t make the list in 2014.

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Then the CDC broke it down to race. Homicide is within the black statistics only but with a decrease from 1980 to 2014. Suicides are higher within the white statistics from 1980 to 2014.

I can make HUGE assumptions here and list out generalizations but I feel that it has been done before, many times over. What I want to ask is why we are talking about gun control issues when heart disease is killing so many Americans? We should make heart disease illegal, then it will stop- right?

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