Democrats have been pushing hard to pass stricter anti-gun laws to make it harder to own and use a gun. They constantly point to the mass shootings like the one that happened over the weekend at the rapper concert at a Little Rock nightclub. Anti-gun advocates claim that guns kill and that innocent people like kids also are killed by guns.
If guns are so deadly and considering there are over 300 million guns in the hands of Americans, then why are deaths due to guns not even in the top 10 leading causes of death?
There are between 33,000 and 35,000 deaths a year in the United States attributed to guns. Cigarette smoking kills over 480,000 Americans every year. Even second-hand smoke kills more people (41,000) a year than guns do.
Therefore, if saving lives is truly the reason behind the push for more gun control, then why aren’t the same people outraged, protesting and pushing for stricter laws against tobacco or the complete banning of tobacco?
Smoking tobacco products have been directly linked to causing cancer, heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Take a quick look at how many people in the US die every year from some of these tobacco causing conditions:
- Heart Disease – kills around 614,000 Americans per year (23.4% of all deaths)
- Cancer – kills around 591,699 Americans per year (22.5% of all deaths)
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease – includes COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma – kills about 147,000 Americans a year.
- Stroke – kills about 133,00 Americans a year
- Diabetes – kills about 76,000 Americans a year
Compare these numbers with the 33,000 Americans that die from guns. I’m not trying to trivialize gun deaths, as any death is tragic, but when compared to the effects of tobacco use gun deaths pale in comparison.
Look at the medical costs involved with tobacco use? The CDC:
“Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including
- Nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults
- More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke.”
If tobacco was outlawed, not only would it save hundreds of thousands lives, but it would save Americans billions of dollars in medical expenses and it would save businesses billions of dollars in lost productivity.
What about the number of people that die every year as a result of traffic accidents? In 2016, about 40,000 Americans died as a result of a traffic accident so where is the outcry for stricter vehicular laws? Why don’t Democrats push for universal background checks before anyone can obtain a driver’s license or possess a vehicle? Instead, they make it easier for people to obtain driver’s licenses like illegal aliens. Vehicles are being used to intentionally injure and kill others, but there is no outcry from Democrats.
What about alcohol? According to the CDC about 88,000 people die from excessive alcohol use. The government tried prohibition once and it was a total failure. But when you realize that alcohol directly kills 2.67 times the number of people than guns do, it makes one wonder about the motives driving anti-liberals.
If Democrats are consistent with their argument used to push for more gun control, then they should be taking even stronger action against tobacco, alcohol and vehicles, but they aren’t. This proves that saving lives has nothing to do with their push for more gun control and reinforces the belief that their ultimate goal is to disarm the American people.