Dr. Charles H. Cook is a trauma surgeon at the Ohio State University Medical Center and, I presume, a hunter. Reading between the lines at the latimes.com, it seems Dr. Cook got fed up with people suggesting that hunters were drunken louts with a tendency to get tanked and shoot each other. By accident. So Cook and his colleagues collected data from the two Level 1 trauma centers in Columbus for a decade. They ended up with the profiles of 130 patients who suffered hunting-related injuries. And the survey said! “Sixty-five of the injuries were falls, and 60 of those were falls from tree stands, where hunters would stand or sit in wait for deer or other prey . . .

Other injuries included 10 from crashes involving all-terrain vehicles, five arrow wounds, three injuries from falling branches — those trees again — three burns, two wounds from assaults, one self-inflicted stab wound, one bicycle crash and two wounds inflicted by prey.

So . . . what about, you know, guns? And, uh, booze?

Alcohol was inolved in only 2.3% of the injuries and drug abuse in 4.6% . . . Gunshot wounds accounted for 29% of the injuries, and 58% of those were accidentally self-inflicted.

Correlation? Anyone? Bueller?

One Response to Guns Don’t Kill Hunters. Tree Stands Kill Hunters.

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