No offense to the OP, but while obviously there is a problem with firearm related casualties in the US, I think the risk of being shot is blown way
out of proportion by MSM, but even more so by threads on ATS just like this.
Take a look at the official statistics here:
"Motor vehicle traffic deaths
Number of deaths: 33,687
Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.9
All firearm deaths
Number of deaths: 31,672
Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.3"
So, this basically means that if firearm deaths were normalized across the entire population, you should be just as worried about getting on the
freeway as being shot in some type of incident.
However, this statistic needs to be more closely dissected.
I can pull up stats on this if anyone is interested, but a significant number of these firearm deaths are:
1) From suicides.
2) From cases of domestic violence in the home (shot by someone you know well in a troubled home).
3) Accidents from people or children messing around with guns and --- ooops!
The total number of firearm deaths from random public shooting scenarios is much, much, much lower.
I am not trying to trivialize this issue or say this isn't a problem. I'm just saying that there are bigger and more important things to worry about
If I gave statistics on the number of people who die due to lack of proper healthcare, who otherwise could have been saved, it would far exceed the
So, if you are worried about what to do in some type of unimaginably rare public shooting scenario, you should be much more worried if you don't have
proper health insurance and aren't getting regular and proper healthcare.
It would do greater good for the public safety if we focused more on what could be done to improve public transportation and reduce drunk driving,
then to do "drills" on how to better survive a public shooting incident.
And it would do even more greater good if we improved healthcare in a significant way.
edit on 2-10-2013 by PhysicsAlive because: Added a
couple more points.