July 18, 2005

Why Gun Control Solves NOTHING

Stolen from fellow MuNu and BFL'er Mad Mikey:

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of about 2,000 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C.

Posted by caltechgirl at July 18, 2005 04:11 PM | TrackBack

Based on your numbers:

The DC rate is 80.6 per 100,00 per year.

The Iraq rate based on your numbers is about 60 per 100,000 per month

2000 ÷ 160,000 X 100,000 ÷ 22 = 56.8

Posted by: Kris at July 20, 2005 02:34 AM

That means the yearly rate per 100,000 in Iraq is:

56.8 * 12 = 681.6

n'est pas? (pardon my French)

Posted by: Kris at July 20, 2005 02:36 AM

No, that would be 80.6 * 12 = 967.2 per year...

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 20, 2005 03:01 AM

Agreed. (Note to self: Remember to pay dues to NRA and Gun Owners Club of America by Friday)

Posted by: andrew at July 20, 2005 01:18 PM

Guns kill people the same way spoons make Rosie O'Donnell fat.

Posted by: Michael Dicequeen at July 24, 2005 12:33 AM