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COVID-19 vs. gun deaths

FRED ERIKSON

Williamsport

Assuming the current rate of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. continues in one year, we will have over 326,000 total deaths from the virus. According to the CDC, in 2017 (the most recent year for which complete data is available,) 39,773 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S. Though they tend to get less attention than gun-related slayings, suicides have long accounted for the majority of U.S. gun deaths. In 2017, six in 10 gun-related deaths in the U.S. were suicides (23,854), while 37 percent were murders (14,542), according to Pew Research Center.

Assuming the trend continues and these numbers prove to be true, you are 22.4 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than murder by gunshot. If there are no more deaths at all by COVID-19, you were/are still 9.3 times more likely to die of COVID-19 vs. murder by gunshot. That being said, if you’re not afraid of COVID-19 and a mask is stupid, then why do you carry a gun? There is virtually no chance of you being killed by a gun compared to the chance of dying by COVID-19 but yet you won’t wear a mask. Oh! That’s right, only Grandma and Grandpa are really at risk. Silly me, I forgot.

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