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The Washington DC Navy Yard massacre just happened. And what are the chances of something like that happening in America again? And again and again and again? Really good.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google, the fifth most frequent cause of death in America is "unintentional injuries" -- including those inflicted by guns. The tenth most frequent cause of death in America is suicide, including those involving guns. And the 16th most frequent cause of death in America is homicide, including a whole lot of murder-by-gun. And even though NRA lobbyists now work night and day to keep the CDC from collecting statistics on the actual number of Americans shot and/or killed by guns every year, those numbers are probably right up there with the number of Americans who are killed by cancer and heart disease each year.
But even though, thanks to the NRA, we don't have access to the exact statistics on deaths by gunshot, there's still a really good chance that you and me could also be killed by a gun - one in 24,974 (and that doesn't even include death by accidental gunshot injuries or gunshot suicides).
There are definitely a lot better odds in favor of us getting killed by our fellow Americans than by terrorists (one in 20 million are the odds of us getting killed by a terrorist). Look what happened at the Navy Yard for instance. Apparently Aaron Alexis was NOT a terrorist, just another fellow-American with guns having a bad day.
Based on even the vague statistics now available, the chances of something like the Navy Yard massacre happening in America again are really really really good. And the chances of something like this happening to you and me are really good too.
(Photo: Gideon Tsang)