In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
Georgia congressman Paul Broun claimed after Tuesdayâs State of the Union address that âThere are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns.â Explainer readers may remember Broun as the congressman who believes the Earth is 9,000 years old. What about his hammer and baseball bat claim?
Heâs wrong again, but heâs getting warmer. According to FBI data, 8,583 people were murdered with firearms in 2011. Only 496 people were killed by blunt objects, a category that includes not just hammers and baseball bats but crowbars, rocks, paving stones, statuettes, and electric guitars. Broun was off by a factor of at least 17 this time, a significant improvement on his estimate of the age of the Earth. The blue planet is 4.54 billion years old, or more than 500,000 times older than Broun believes it to be.
Guns are, undeniably, the American murdererâs weapon of choice. The number of people murdered with firearms in 2011 was more than twice the number murdered by every other means combined, including fists, swords, poison, explosives, arson, and strangulation.
So why do they keep saying it?
Taken in too easily by Fox?
Anything goes when its anonymous?
Oh, and btw, the accidental blunt instrument death rate is also lower....in case that was your next move:
"Those statistics are for intentional killings only. What about accidental deaths? According to data from the CDC, 606 people were killed in gun accidents in 2010. The number of people accidentally killed by any piece of sporting equipment was 18. Four people were killed by nonpowered hand tools such as hammers."
I believe the Congressmen was talking about cumulative deaths over teh past 9000 years.
But on another note just being at home in results in over 20,000 deaths per year. Time to out law ladders and the act of running with scissors.
WebMD Health News
Oct. 2, 2002 -- Home may be a place to escape the dangers of the outside world, but a new report shows dangers abound on the home front as well -- causing as many as 20,000 deaths, 7 million disabling injuries, and 20 million hospital trips in the U.S. each year.
Despite those staggering statistics, more than half of American adults surveyed say they can't think of anything they should or would do in the coming year to make their homes safer or to prevent unintentional injuries.
"Falls are by far the major problem, followed by poisonings," says Carol Runyan, PhD, MPH, director of the injury prevention research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Single level falls are the number one cause of work place injuries. May be we should ban walking at work?