Disclaimer: The point of this article is not to argue for or against gun control. The point is to illuminate inconsistencies in the way humans think, and to make you stop and think about your own thought processes.
In the United States in 2007 there were 12,632 homicides with a firearm. This does not include firearm related suicides (another 17,352). Accurate statistics of gun ownership is not available, but most estimates are around 200-250 million legally owned firearms in the U.S. Also in the U.S. during 2007 there were 247 million registered automobiles, and 13,041 fatalities from drunk driving. In 2006 there were 22,073 alcohol related deaths (I assume this includes deaths from DUI).
For our purposes today, the homicide rates from firearms and guns/DUI is identical. Of course they are not perfectly identical, and they flip flop on which has more depending on the year. But the numbers are close enough for this discussion, as absolute accuracy is not required.
Every life is precious. Every life has untold value left untapped. The loss of every life has a ripple effect on family, the community, and society. So why do we not treat fatalities from DUI the same value that we treat fatalities from mass shootings? Read the rest of this entry »