New York Times on Gun Deaths

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According to the New York Times: “President Obama is being shouted down by the gun lobby. He and Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. have spent weeks crisscrossing the country, making a forceful case for a package of laws that would reduce gun violence. At every stop, including one on Wednesday in Denver, he has demanded that Congress require universal background checks, ban assault weapons and large ammunition magazines, and prohibit gun trafficking. He has invoked the bloodshed in Newtown, Conn., and the daily toll that adds up to 30,000 gun deaths a year.”

Let us stipulate that each and every word of this is true (can even single words be true? YES, if they appear in the Newspaper of Record!). Note, then, that there are “30,000 gun deaths a year.” It also happens to be a fact that fatalities on our nation’s socialist streets and highways is higher than that by about ten thousand. For example, the average death toll in the 21st century, ending in 2011 (the last year for which I have compiled statistics) was 39,399. For the uninitiated, that is almost 40,000. Based on higher mathematics, we can say that 10,000 more people die in the U.S. due to road socialism than to guns. When will Obama, Biden and the exalted New York Times even mention this problem. For those of you who think that highway deaths have nothing to do with government ownership and management of them, you might consider (warning: beware of shameless self promotion coming up here) reading this book: Block, Walter E. 2009. The Privatization of Roads and Highways: Human and Economic Factors; Auburn, AL: The Mises Institute; available for free here.

11:20 am on April 6, 2013