Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Study of Gun Violence in the USA

I am going to talk about guns in a way you have never seen before, so hold on.

Part I: Perspective

But first, before we examine how guns impact our society, let’s get some perspective, some unusual but useful perspective.
Item
World[1]
USA[2,3]
Total Current Population
7,434,000,000
320,000,000
Annual Births
144,000,000
4,000,000
Annual Births Rate
1.94%
1.25%
Annual Deaths
60,000,000
2,600,000
Annual Deaths Rate
0.81%
0.81%
Annual Net Gain
84,000,000
1,400,000
Annual Net Gain Rate
1.13%
0.44%

Our (the USA) average life expectancy is 78.8 years.  This ranks us 33rd in the world, following Japan (83.7 years), Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Australia, Israel, Iceland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, France, Canada, .., Sweden, Norway, …, Greece, UK, but you get the picture.[4]  We’re doing something wrong.  And deaths by firearms don’t make the difference (My suspicion is that, as America may be the most competitive country in the world, it is also the country where stress is most prevalent.  And while stress cannot be found as a cause of death, it may bring on a cause of death earlier than it might otherwise.).

And now a brief look at the principal causes of death in the USA: cancer; chronic lower respiratory diseases; accidents; stroke; Alzheimer’s; diabetes; influenza and pneumonia; kidney diseases; suicide.  The last of these, suicide, comes in at some 40,000+ / year.[5]  And homicide, by guns or other means, doesn’t make the top ten.