Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Firearm fatalities at an all time low

Chance of a child dying in a firearm accident is roughly 1 in a million.

The data is from 2008, but it was just released. Just for a reality check here are some other figures regarding death.

Odds of dying:

Motor Vehicle Accident = 1 in 84
Pedestrian Accident = 1 in 626
Bicycling Accident = 1 in 4,919

Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. There were 592 firearm accident deaths (0.19 such accidents per 100,000 population) in 2008, as compared to 613 accidents (.20 per 100,000) in 2007. In 2008, the chance of a child dying in a firearm accident was roughly one in a million.

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