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Doctors vs Guns: Statistics Donít Lie
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01/08/2013 11:53 PM
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Now letís get really controversial. Which is more dangerous ó your doctor or your gun?
Letís start off with two statistics from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Statistic Number One: There are about 700 thousand doctors in the United States.
Statistic Number Two: 120 thousand accidental deaths are caused by physicians per year.
When we apply a little math, we come up with an average of 0.171 accidental deaths per physician.
Now, letís consider two other facts, this time from the FBI:
Statistic Number Three: There are 80 million gun owners in the United States.
Statistic Number Four: The number of accidental gun deaths per year ó all ages included ó is 1,500.
When we whip out our calculator we find an average of 0.0000188 accidental deaths per gun owner.
Conclusion: Statistics show doctors are about nine thousand times more dangerous than gun owners. Or to put it another way ó guns donít kill people, doctors do.
Well, not everyone has a gun, but nearly everybody has at least one doctor. Hereís the hard pill to swallow ó you are over nine thousand times more likely to be killed by a doctor than by a gun owner. Pass it on.
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