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During the last few weeks I researched the Web and came up with quite a bit of information.
Sandwiching the charts and lists between my own essays (most past posts hereon), I published GUNSGUNSGUNS, who has them, who does what with them, and what should be done with them . . . guns and those who have them . ISBN 5800109831896 (www.LULU.com, also thru Amazon).
Were there no guns there'd be no gun crime or gun fatalities. In this country there's no possibility of getting rid of guns. What would happen is legitimate gun owners would be prosecuted and persecuted and criminals and lunatics would be the gun owners exclusive echelon.
But no sooner than anyone should be allowed to just take off on a Harley or fly an airplane or broadcast on certain wavelengths . . should anyone be able to just legally buy a gun and walk off with it. There needs to be background survelllance, and probably even some mandated course in "gun ownership protocol and protection".
And also there has to be restriction on just what kinds of guns can be privately owned.
From what I found, the regions of the country where there are the most guns owned (and used -- hunting) have extremely low crime rates and gun fatalities. The crimes-to-guns correlation is a fallacy except within confined contexts such as inner cities and socioeconomically deprived demographics. And there, the guns are contraband, illegal, untraceable. Otherwise and other places, all kinds of guns even openly carried.
The rabid extremists on both sides should educate themselves to what's actually involved in gun ownership, gun crime, and comparisons to other countries. In my brief compilation of information and inspirations, I've tried to present a sort of synopsis of where it's at and where the where of it's being at.
From the cohesive info (far from comprehensive) I've written up, the reader should arrive at what I've concluded.
Which I'll leave up to the reader.
For the next few weekends I'll try to paste a portion of my researched info. as my thread. I'd hope that someone might be interested in my whole book.
1st. segment: Compared to conveyance carnage, gunnings by firearms are of slight statistical significance.
Where there are more automobiles there will be more automobile accidents and injuries and deaths.
Where there are more sky divers there will be more deaths due to parachutes.
Where there are more ice cliff climbers there will be more deaths due to slipping and sliding and this variation on the theme of plummeting from on high.
Where there are more smokers there will be more emphesemaics and the cancerous.
Where there are more of anythings there will be more "stuff happens" happenings.
Except for automobiles, the above (and so many more) "stuffs of the disastrous happenings" have been, or at least could be somewhat controlled.
Per 100,000 population per region (urban, rural, American, different foreign) what number of deaths due to lightning, electrocution, drowning, autos, bikes, bicycles, overdoses of prescriptions, gas explosions, CO2 poisoning, suicide, knifings, sexual exertion, medical error, . . . is the gun less dangerous than the Gyn? or more significantly the surgeon? . . . . boating mishaps sharks, spontaneous human combustion, snake bites, bat bites, dog bites, overbites, domestic violence with power tools, venomous pets, post traumatic stress disorder, postal workers, Monsanto Corporation, Monopoly game disputes, falling architectural elements, falling in general (on ice, in tubs, off whatever) . . . . . .
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, car accidents happen every minute of the day. Motor vehicle accidents occur in any part of the world every 60 seconds. And if it’s all summed up in a yearly basis, there are 5.25 million driving accidents that take place per year. Statistics show that each year,43,000 or more of the United States’ population die due to vehicular accidents and around 2.9 million people end up suffering light or severe injuries. In a certain five year period, there had been recorded a 25% of the driving population who encountered or were involved in car accidents. It is also affirmed that car accidents kill a child every 3 minutes. Statistics on the number of car accidents taking place in every state or country is normally based on medical or insurance records filed.
Based on a research conducted years back, an estimated number of 1.2 million car accident deaths occurred last 2004 and 50 million people injured worldwide. In the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2009 made by the World Health Organization, more than 90% of the world’s road casualties happen in low and middle income countries which comprise only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles. The escalating death rates pertaining to driving accidents over the years have already become one of the most serious global issues. It is estimated that by 2020, road accident casualties will exceed HIV/AIDS mortality and disability rate.
There were several legislative amendments and technical changes made such as brakes innovation to reduce fatal accident rates but the contributing factors to vehicular accidents especially driver impairment or behavior surmounted. The factors that contribute to roadway accidents are mostly preventable and only require reasonable care. In a study concerning car crashes, it shows that the ultimate contributing factor in vehicular accidents is driver impairment or error such as poor eyesight, phone distractions and drunk driving. Other road accident contributing factors are traffic violations, equipment or vehicle failure and road conditions.
Driving accidents are also considered the ultimate cause of permanent disability of in most countries. These tragic accidents take the lives of thousands of people while millions of surviving vehicular accident victims suffers from injuries and permanent disabilities on the part of those who are severely hurt. The aftermath of vehicular accidents aside from bodily injuries or death is the financial damage which is suffered by the parties involved. The financial burden as a result of car damages and the loss of income or wage typically involves a great deal of money.It is the paramount interest of the state to protect the safety of its people and although numerous precautionary measures are taken to prevent or lessen car accident related deaths, this will always be a long term global concern if people will not constantly practice the discipline required to ensure safety.