Dr. Michael Forster

U.S. gun fatalities may soon overtake traffic deaths

As Mississippi considers placing more armed personnel in our schools – Lt. Gov. Reeves has just proposed a new $7.5 million program to do so – here’s an eye-opening tidbit sourced from Bloomberg News: Firearm fatalities are on track to exceed traffic fatalities in America for the first time by 2015.  While motor vehicle deaths are on the decline (dropping 22% from ’05 to ’10), gun fatalities are trending in the other (wrong) direction.  The 2015 crossover point will occur at somewhere between 32,000 and 33,000 deaths.

There’s no doubt that the Lt. Gov. wants to protect kids and prevent gun-related deaths, as surely do all parties engaged on every side of the rancorous debate over gun safety.  But it’s hard to buy that the best way to do so is to multiply the number people in public schools “packing heat.”

Dr. Michael Forster
Dr. Michael Forster

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