“In its annual report on U.S. mortality, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] said a condition known as pneumonitis had replaced murder as a leading cause of death in the country,” Reuters reports. “The drop in deaths by homicides was expected. Last month, the FBI released a preliminary report on U.S. crime rates for 2010 that showed a 7.1 percent drop in murder between January and June, part of a wider drop in violent crime despite the country’s ongoing economic troubles.” I wonder if the dramatic increase in gun sales and concealed carry has anything to do with the drop in crime and homicides—despite the media’s fondness for linking hard times with hard crime? Correlation does not imply causation. But still. Make the jump for the new top 15 killers and wonder (again) why bleeding heart gun grabbers don’t spend their time on more statistically significant, more preventable causes of death?


Of the more than 2.4 million deaths the health agency studied, the top 15 killers in 2010 were:

1. Heart disease (595,444 deaths)

2. Malignant neoplasms (573,855)

3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases (137,789)

4. Cerebrovascular diseases (129,180)

5. Accidents (118.043)

6. Alzheimer’s disease (83,308)

7. Diabetes (68,905)

8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (50,472)

9. Influenza and pneumonia (50,003)

10 Suicide (37,793)

11. Septicemia (34,843)

12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (31,802)

13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (26,577)

14. Parkinson’s disease (21,963)

15. Pneumonitis due to solids of liquids (17,001)

[h/t to Brian for the link]

5 Responses to CDC: Pneumonia Knocks Murder Off Top 15 Killers List

  1. “I wonder if the dramatic increase in gun sales and concealed carry has anything to do with the drop in crime and homicides—despite the media’s fondness for linking hard times with hard crime? Correlation does not imply causation.”

    I think you are looking at this all wrong. Obviously increased gun ownership causes pneumonia.

    • And heart disease. And cancer. Although to be fair, the consumption of alcohol has been known to cause minivans.

    • A few years back the Philadelphia City Paper (or some such) had a 4-5 page spread about chlamydia. What really got my attention was the incidence map – almost identical to that of Phila gun violence. Obviously, guns cause venereal disease too. Maybe someone could invent a condom for guns so we don’t have to know Cooper’s rules?

  2. Knowing that there are so many guns in America stresses people out so much that their health deteriorates and that causes all sorts of illnesses and diseases. It is a known fact that most accidents are caused by people worrying about being shot so they are then not paying attention when for example they are crossing a busy street and get hit by a car.

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