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Doctors Kill More People Than Guns, A New Study Reveals

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Doctors kill more people each year than guns, according to a new report. The facts and figures about patient deaths have some pondering the idea of “doctor control.” The gun control rages on ammunition and guns fly off store shelves around the country. Those who staunchly support the Second Amendment are squaring off against Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 proponents.

US Department of Health and Human Services statistics were used to compile a Natural News infographic about doctor related deaths versus gun crime figures. There are currently 700,000 doctors in the United States. According to the study, there are 120,000 accidental deaths caused by doctors each year. The infographic of accidental doctor deaths notes that medial errors accounted for 98,000 deaths.

The statistics indicate that 11,101 Americans are killed in a homicide in 2011. Suicide via a gun took the lives of 19,766 Americans during the same reporting year. There were reportedly 222 gun deaths in 2011 with undetermined intent.

There are 80 million gun owners in America, according to Renew America. There are 1,500 accidental deaths caused by gun every year. The website also points out that statistically speaking, doctors pose 9,000 times for a public health danger than guns.

Since doctor deaths are always deemed accidental, it is theoretically impossible to compare gun related murder victims with the physician related death statistics. Some gun rights supporters have touted the statistics merely to illustrate that both guns and doctors can be lethal.

Almost 80 percent of American adults reportedly own a gun. Almost half of the households in the United States are believed to contain a firearm. Gun ownership increased 75 percent from 1974 to 1995. A National Self-Defense Survey revealed that guns were used for self-defense 2.5 million times between 19 and 1993.

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