Causes of Death in 1900 vs. Today: Guns Hardly Register

Law Shield would like to recommend to our members an item posted at IJReview.com about actual causes of mortality. Important to note: Gun deaths are way down the list.

The story, entitled “One Chart Puts Firearms & Natural Disasters Threat in Perspective,” examines a graphic made by Oxford PhD. student Avi Roy that compares actual causes of death in 1900 versus 2010.

Roy’s graphic utilizes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to map out the causes of deaths in 1900 and in 2010 in the U.S.

Looking at the graphic, IJReview.com writer Kyle Beckman points out, “We’re also being told about the danger posed by law-abiding citizens possessing firearms. But where is that threat on this chart? Let me help you: It’s not there. Deaths from firearms totalled 31,672 in 2010. In that year, around 19,392 of those deaths were from firearms-related suicides (half of all suicides).

“Where does this put these in the big picture? Deaths from heart disease in 2010 were 595,444 total, while deaths from cancer were 573,855.…”

Check out the full article here