Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Sure, that makes sense

In 2002 -- the most recent year for which I can find statistics -- there were 30,242 gun deaths in the United States.

It was 29,573 in 2001; 28,663 in 2000; and 28,874 in 1999.

Ignoring any likely upward trends that have occurred since 2002, and recognizing the insufficient nature of the statistics sampled, you've got an average of 29,338 Americans killed each year by firearms. Added to the 2005 statistics will be the 10 people who died Monday in my beloved state of Minnesota.

I was not able to find any statistics on the number of women who died as a result of their husband removing their feeding tube after 15 years of being in a persistent vegetative state, but that number must be fucking astronomical because THAT'S the issue for which Congress enacted emergency legislation.