Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Accidental gun deaths

NRA says more people die as a result of medical mishaps than they do from firearms accidents. Politifact rates this only "mostly true."

Politifact rates it as "mostly true" only because they don't trust the WISQARS data. Whether Politifact trusts the data used or not is irrelevant. The determination they're supposed to make is whether or not the NRA's claim is true. The NRA's claim is not "mostly true." It is simply "true."

The NRA goes on to say that 4 times as many people die from medical mistakes than firearms nationwide. They claim 6 times as many when looking at only the state of Florida.

The actual Florida number comes out to 6.75, while the nationwide numbers comes out to 3.67. The data completely supports the NRA's true statement.

Accidental deaths 2007 Nationwide Florida
Firearms 613 16

Medical care adverse effects 2,248 108

As usual the media just doesn't want to admit the truth.

2 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

What a surprise.

Sabra said...

Typical.

One of the Facebook pages I am a fan of reported recently the death of another of its fans from an amniotic fluid embolism. This is a not-as-rare-as-you'd-think cause of death in childbirth the likelihood of which is much increased by induction.

But there aren't repeated calls for an end to medically unnecessary inductions.

Sigh.