First, the good news: both traffic deaths and deaths by firearms have been reduced in no small measure over the last couple of decades. The bad news: gun fatalities are creeping back up again, and will soon surpass the number of those killed by auto accidents.
That's the word from the Centers for Disease Control by way of Business Insider
's Walter Hickey. If current trends continue, informs the CDC, by 2015 more people will lose their lives by gun than by car.
"At the current rates, gun deaths should hit around 33,000 annually in 2015 while traffic fatalities should decrease to around 32,000," writes Hickey. "Motor vehicle deaths have declined 22 percent since 2005 while gun fatalities - including homicide, suicide and accidents - have steadily risen from a low point in 2000."
The impending tipping point appears to have more to do with the drastic reduction in unsafe driving than with a dramatic increase in dangerous firearm use. "In the past several decades, we've seen remarkable improvements in both the way motorists behave on our roadways and in the safety of the vehicles they drive," said a representative for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a recent statement
Via Business Insider