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Gun ownership up, accidental gun deaths down...huh

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by jdavionic, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    Interesting. Gun ownership has continued to increase over the years. However the number of accidental firearm deaths has decreased. I looked for a news article and couldn't find one.

    The link includes a link to the CDC where you can verify the data cited.
  2. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    If you went by politicians, the press, and even one of our frequent GT posters here, you'd swear the opposite was true.

  3. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio

    Everyone knows that all of us that own firearms are a bunch of nut jobs that just can't wait to shoot something.


    (Duly note the sarcasm of course as I attempt to attorney proof my post by typing this.)
  4. I think a better research would be gun ownership and rates of AD. As a general rule, all deaths by gunshot are dropping because emergency room techniques have vastly, vastly improved in the last 10-years or so. Now-a-days, anyone getting shot (for whatever reason or cause) has a much better chance of survival than 10 or 15 years ago.
  5. magiaaron

    magiaaron Low Speed Ops

    May 27, 2008
    I have a thought on something that might contribute to a decrease. It's only one factor and only a theoretical one, but what about the increase in shall-issue permitting?

    Quite a few states require prospective CCWers to go through a firearms course before their permit is issued. Prior to a move for permitting, I would imagine a lot of people still purchased firearms for self-defense in their home, but would not go out and take a course.

    I live on the border of Indiana and Michigan and I used to live on the border of Indiana and Kentucky. You'd be amazed at how many people come from Michigan for our Michigan Carry class or took it in Louisville when I offered KY classes when compared to the Indiana residents that take our classes (since its not required).

    Things that seem incredibly basic like "Don't point the gun at someone you don't want shot" really isn't that basic for everyone. If you don't grow up around guns but you want one to protect yourself, how are you going to learn it? Someone has to teach you or you have to go out and learn on your own.

    With the passage of concealed carry laws, buying a handgun for home-protection and getting a license to carry almost become part of the same process for a lot of new owners. And when those classes are part and parcel of getting a permit, you get that safety instruction you wouldn't have had otherwise.

    Just a thought. No idea how much impact it really has.

  6. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    Not sure what you mean. The data that I provided is exactly that.
  7. OK, should have defined my use of "AD" as accidental discharge, not accidental deaths.

    My accidental discharges refers to guns fired unintended. Whether the discharged hits a body or body part (or not) is secondary.

    The data of "fatal firearm deaths" would be a subset of accidental dischargess.

    So if there are more guns out there, and a similar increase in overall accidental discharges, not so good.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2012
  8. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    I would expect the trend to be similar. However I have not found the it is my opinion, just to be clear.

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  9. jeanderson

    jeanderson Toga!... Toga! Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    I agree. Many if not most of the uptick in gun ownership is due to more states issuing CCW permits. With that comes better training and subsequently fewer accidents.
  10. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    The accidental firearm death rate is down over 94% since 1905.

    Everyone thinks the "good ol' days" were so great. They weren't, in most ways.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012