Now let’s get really controversial. Which is more dangerous — your doctor or your gun?
Let’s start off with two statistics from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
- Statistic Number One: There are about 700 thousand doctors in the United States.
- Statistic Number Two: 120 thousand accidental deaths are caused by physicians per year.
When we apply a little math, we come up with an average of 0.171 accidental deaths per physician.
Now, let’s consider two other facts, this time from the FBI:
- Statistic Number Three: There are 80 million gun owners in the United States.
- Statistic Number Four: The number of accidental gun deaths per year — all ages included — is 1,500.
When we whip out our calculator we find an average of 0.0000188 accidental deaths per gun owner.
Conclusion: Statistics show doctors are about nine thousand times more dangerous than gun owners. Or to put it another way — guns don’t kill people, doctors do.
Well, not everyone has a gun, but nearly everybody has at least one doctor. Here’s the hard pill to swallow — you are over nine thousand times more likely to be killed by a doctor than by a gun owner. Pass it on.