Statistical causes of death in the US - table

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    Statistical causes of death in the US - table

    I hope this is the right forum for this question. Feel free to move it, if it isn't.

    I'm having a discussion with a group and they are quacking about the Empire State Building tragedy. Of course it is tragic, yet their point is that banning guns would have solved it.

    As part of my rebuttal, I want to quote some stats I recall, listing the relative number of deaths caused by various means, to point out the greater danger from other devices, as compared to guns. I can't find the source of this, but I know that someone here will have a link.

    My memory is telling me that there is a table with the number per capita of murders caused by guns, blunt objects, cars, drowning, etc, and it also rebuts the DOJ stats by showing the difference between 'deaths' and murders.

    Can anyone help me source this? I've searched Google and the NRA/ILA site to no avail, so far.
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    Forget all that, just tell them if they ban guns they had better get all of the guns from every person including LEO and military in the world. Bad people always seem to be able to get guns. Why are the federalis and LEO's in Mexico consistantly outgunned? It ain't from fast and furious. It's the guns that were sold to the Mexican government that found their way into the cartels possession.
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    Here's a report from the Journal of the American Medical Association

    The leading causes of death in 2000 were tobacco (435 000 deaths; 18.1% of total US deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (400 000 deaths; 16.6%), and alcohol consumption (85 000 deaths; 3.5%). Other actual causes of death were microbial agents (75 000), toxic agents (55 000), motor vehicle crashes (43 000), incidents involving firearms (29 000), sexual behaviors (20 000), and illicit use of drugs (17 000).
    JAMA Network | JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association | Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000
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    So we need to ban cigarettes and bacon cheese burgers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearmanTX View Post
    So we need to ban cigarettes and bacon cheese burgers?
    I'm sure Bloomberg is trying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GearmanTX View Post
    So we need to ban cigarettes and bacon cheese burgers?
    Well, at least raise your kids to avoid them if you don't want them dying prematurely and suffering from disease-associated debilitation.
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    The intuitions of the OP are correct. For all causes of death in the US, violence is certainly not in the top 10. Automobiles are pretty dangerous (2%), but they don't hold a stick to Alzheimer's (3%) while it's cancer, stroke, and heart attacks (the big 3) that get most people.
    Causes of Mortality for All Ages in the United States - US Mortality Causes

    For those dying when 45-65, it's obviously the big 3 that dominate the field. Violence is not in the top 10.
    Causes of Death for Ages 45-64 - US Mortality Causes

    People who died between the ages of 25 and 45 were at the greatest risk from accidents. Violence finally rears its head in the top ten, but cancer kills more of these younguns than violence and the same with heart attacks. Heart attack still kills more of these people than car accidents, and so does cancer. As well, it appears that if someone is going to die from their HIV, it's during this phase of their life. Though, that might also be because of demographics regarding the arrival of HIV-treating medications.
    Causes of Death for Ages 25-44 - US Mortality Causes
    TL;DR, if you packed a CCW today, but not a variety of fruits and veggies, you're playing the statistics game wrong.
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