I saw an article in the Washington Post claiming that 1 in 13 murders by gun are committed by cops. The article was posted by a friend on Facebook. The next post was from a “fluffy” friend claiming fat shaming is unacceptable and skinny people should be ostracized. This, of course, prompted three hours of online research. Brace yourselves. If you are a gun grabber or obese, you will not be happy with what I am about to say. First, here’s a table I downloaded from the FBI’s website . . .
8,855 murders by gun. I used ALL murders by firearms to appease the anti-gunners.** Note, murders happen by knife and bat and fist too, but we’ll be ignoring those, since this is The Truth About Guns, not the Truth About How Gun Grabbers Lie And Cherry Pick Their Statistics Because They Are Fascists.
So according to the Washington Post, 1 in 13 of those are “murder by cop“*, and that’s a generous number since it’s only through May. So let’s take out cop shootings shall we? That’s 681. Which means that 8,855-681= 8174 murders by gun per year by civilians.
There are 315.9 million humans in this country, and that is currently. That means your chance of being murdered by someone using a gun is .000026%. Here is how I arrived at that number: 8174/315,900,000.
That’s apples and oranges right? Since I used current population not 2012 population. Fair enough. Here is the new and improved number based on 2012 census data. The number was 314.1 million people. So let me get out my calculator again. 8174/314,100,000. This makes your chance of being slaughtered by a gun at…wait for it…..It’s .000026%. WOW!
Just for fun, let’s assume the cops murders were also something to be afraid of. So we had a number of 8855. 8855/314,100,000. This increased your chance of death by gun to a whopping .000028%.
Now let us compare to the chance you have of dying from being fat.
I went ahead and gave the gun grabbers the benefit of the doubt on this one again. I am using a very old number from 1999. Note: murders by gun-wielding Americans continue to decline while obesity continues to rise. At the turn of the century, 300,000 U.S. citizens died from obseity-related illness. So you are 33 times more likely to die from being overweight than you are to be murdered by someone with a gun. 300,000/314,100,000 is .000955.
Gun grabbers constantly tell me that gun deaths are preventable and that I should compare firearms-related deaths to something else preventable. So I did. Obesity is preventable. Eat a salad and exercise. You’re welcome.
*The 1 in 13 number is through May of 2015. I looked and could not find comparable numbers for 2012, the last complete year of data we have from the CDC and FBI. All sources state cops shooting people is around 400 people a year, so the 1 in 13 number is still in line with 2012 statistics from the FBI.
**I would also state that these are 2012 numbers, since 2015 is not over yet, and the government is so “on the ball” (note the sarcasm please) they haven’t released enough numbers for 2013 or 2014 for me to use. I compared all numbers from the last year that I had ALL available data for. Again, clicking on the links will assure you of that.