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  • captain_tweezers captain_tweezers Dec 19, 2012 2:00 PM Flag

    American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015

    Bloomberg
    By Chris Christoff & Ilan Kolet - Dec 18, 2012 9:00 PM CT

    While motor vehicle deaths dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2010, gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control. Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend.

    As the nation reels from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the shift shows the effects of public policy, said Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.

    The fall in traffic deaths resulted from safer vehicles, restricted privileges for young drivers and seat-belt and other laws, he said. By contrast, “we’ve made policy decisions that have had the impact of making the widest array of firearms available to the widest array of people under the widest array of conditions.” While fewer households have guns, people who own guns are buying more of them, he said.
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    The number of right wing nut jobs is declining but they are getting whackier.

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