One might take this statement with a grain of salt, since it was the headline of an article by the NRA. But if we look at a new report by the National Safety Council. According to their accounting of fatal injury data, the NRA-ILA claims “The odds of a fatal firearms accident are 1 in 6,905. You are more likely to be killed by:
- Poisoning (1 in 96)
- A motor vehicle crash (1 in 114)
- A fall (1 in 127)
- Drowning (1 in 1,188)
- A bicycle crash (1 in 4,486)
“What makes the record low number of fatal firearms accidents even more noteworthy is that it came at a time when the number of firearms in the country was skyrocketing. The year 2015 saw the most background checks ever conducted in a single year until that point (the number was surpassed in 2016).
More than 23 million NICS checks were conducted in 2015. Background checks don’t have a one-to-one correlation with firearms purchases, so we don’t know for sure how many more guns were bought in 2015 than previous years…. but we do know that the number of American gun owners was on the rise.”
So, once again, the anti-gun worldview has failed to come through.