2015 in America: The year gun deaths surpass automobile deaths

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    Andy Brown

    For the better part of a century, the machine most likely to kill an American has been the automobile.

    Car crashes killed 33,561 people in 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Firearms killed 32,251 people in the United States in 2011, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control has data.

    But this year gun deaths are expected to surpass car deaths. That’s according to a Center for American Progress report, which cites CDC data that shows guns will kill more Americans under 25 than cars in 2015. Already more than a quarter of the teenagers—15 years old and up—who die of injuries in the United States are killed in gun-related incidents, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    A similar analysis by Bloomberg three years ago found 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.”



    Thank you for posting this Andy. It’s very important. It just needs to find its way into the proper section.


    I feel like the end of the world is coming(the apocalyse) or whatever you want to call it. Pretty soon when everyone has guns, people will get shot by looking at someone the wrong way. I hate guns and to be honest Im scared to think of what the future will hold- more mentally ill people walking the streets with guns, more class shootings, more random acts of violence. Scary stuff. They always seem to do more harm than they do good.


    Radiodork is spot on. With more guns in circualtion there will be more gun deaths. It’s simple math.

    At this point I think the only option for gun control advocates is to take the fight direct to the gun manufacturers to make it harder or more expensive to produce weapons and ammo.

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