I’ve commented on this meme, but it keeps circling around and rearing its ugly, stupid head. We all know that most NRA members aren’t the brightest crayons in the box, but putting this idiocy in perspective is sometimes the only way to debunk them.
Reality Check — without health care for firearm injuries, people die. Maybe NRA members wants to shun hospitals next time one of them accidentally shoots themselves — or, God forbid, their child, in the foot.
- In 2007, there were roughly 15,698 emergency room visits for non-fatal firearm accidents. 5,000 of those people required hospitalization. (Source: Unintentional Firearm Gunshot Nonfatal Injuries, 2007, Disposition: All Cases.” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. )
- In 2008, there were 78,622 nonfatal firearm injuries in the United States, 73% of which were the result of interpersonal violence. (Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, 2010.)
- Firearm injury in the United States has averaged 32,300 deaths annually between 1980 and 2007 (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WISQARS database)
- According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, between 2006 and 2010 47,856 people were murdered in the U.S. by firearms, more than twice as many as were killed by all other means.
People who are shot accidentally or intentionally may or may not have other health problems. Sure, ending up in the hospital, especially with a gunshot wound, may leave you dead. But bleeding out Old-West style with a few gulps of vodka to numb the pain is probably a worse way to go.
Here’s an actual doctor’s perspective on gunshot wounds:
- Steep Rise in Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans, CDC Says (nlm.nih.gov)
- NRA Places Guns Before Child Safety, Urges Parents To Stash Guns In Kid’s Rooms (VIDEO) (addictinginfo.org)
- Gun Advocates Celebrate ‘Secret’ Obamacare Provision Forbidding Exec Order To Regulate Guns And Ammo (askmarion.wordpress.com)
- NRA speaker’s advice: Keep a gun in your child’s room (rawstory.com)