Debates about guns are rampant right now. The reason is not because of a mass shooting, it’s because our attention focus. In another couple weeks, there will still be a few voices speaking out against guns, but not as many. There are many events happening daily which are not covered by media so we don’t focus our attention on them.
Since Guns are the focus, I’d like to compare and contrast Guns and Gun Violence against other life altering, like taking elements. Today, it’s alcohol, there will be others, but today, it’s alcohol.
Please note, I am in no way against alcohol, as always, the purpose of this information is to make you stop and think. Reason through the facts and information. Be free to develop your own opinions based on truths not persuasion. Basically, my goal is to make you go “hmmmm” at the end, nothing more.
Surprised by those numbers? The only information I could find relating to Alcohol was an AVERAGE of 2006-2010. Since then, there have been many articles stating alcohol abuse has increased in US. The total Alcohol deaths on the chart for Average in 2006-2010 was 88,129. A document from 2014 states was 2,626,418. So if we could locate a similar breakdown for years after 2010, the alcohol bar would most likely be much higher.
There were an average of 98 deaths per year where firearms and alcohol are both involved. The data for Firearms is from 2016. Because this is all about truth, let’s look at another picture:
Surprised again? So was I.
Someone asked and it made me curious, how did alcohol regulations affect alcohol related deaths. Interestingly, there hasn’t been much regulations in regard to alcohol. But here is the chart with both Alcohol and Firearm related numbers and laws. Keep in mind, the alcohol numbers do not include accidental deaths. In the first chart, these are represented by the Red Bar, which is about 131 per day. If those were included, the blue line would most likely be just under double what it is right now. This means it would have surpassed the firearm number in about 1994 or so.
Here are some quotes I found as well:
Although laws have been established throughout the country to prevent drunk driving and reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities, drunk drivers remain one of the biggest threats to public safety. Source
The leading causes of death in 2000 were tobacco (435000 deaths; 18.1%
of total US deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (400000 deaths; 16.6%), and
alcohol consumption (85000 deaths; 3.5%). Other actual causes of death were microbial agents (75000), toxic agents (55000), motor vehicle crashes (43000), incidents involving firearms (29000), sexual behaviors (20000), and illicit use of drugs (17000). Source
According to the report issued by the Commission on Substance Abuse at Colleges and Universities, 95 percent of violent crimes and 53 percent of injuries on campus are alcohol related. In 90 percent of all campus rapes,the assailant, the victim, or both had been drinking. Sixty percent of college women who acquire sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and AIDS, report that they were drunk at the time they were infected. Source
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that, in 2001, alcohol was involved in 41 percent of all fatal crashes (over 17,000 fatalities). NHTS A also estimates that three out of ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash sometime during their lives. Alcohol is the most widely used drug among teenagers and is linked to juvenile crime, health problems, suicide, date rape, and unwanted pregnancy. Alcohol-related
traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Source
Well, I hope this at least made you go hmmm.
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Also see Firearm Stats Straight Up – USA