Gun accidents down, but other home accidents on the rise

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    Feb 10, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/2013/02/gun-accidents-down-but-other-home-accidents-on-the-rise.html

    Contrary to what you might expect from all the news about gun violence, accidental deaths from guns in the home are relatively uncommon, and have actually gone down slightly in recent years, according to a new study. But other deadly accidents at home, including poisonings, falls, and burns, are far more common, and on the rise. The good news: some simple measures can help prevent most of them.

    The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, looked at data from 2000 to 2008. More than 30,000 people die from accidents in the home each year, the study found. The three leading causes of accidental deaths were poisonings (43 percent), falls (34 percent), and fire or burn injuries (9 percent). Firearm mishaps accounted for just 1 percent of all accidental deaths in the home.

    Poisoning, mostly from unintentional drug overdoses, and falls were the most common causes among adults. Suffocation and drowning were the deadliest accidents for children.

    The good news is that accidents at home are highly predictable and preventable. The researchers point to key safety interventions you can implement in your home, such as limiting access to prescription medications, supervising children, and having smoke alarms that work.

    As the authors of this study conclude: "Although injury statistics can guide practice and research, a more powerful force is the people behind the statistics whose lives can be spared and disabilities prevented through the application of effective injury prevention strategies at home."
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    Feb 11, 2013 12:01 AM GMT
    3-year-old S.C. boy killed after mistaking pink handgun for toy

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    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/05/3-year-old-s-c-boy-killed-after-mistaking-pink-handgun-for-toy/

    Pink handguns and Hello Kitty assault rifles have been part of an effort to get firearms in the hands of women and younger groups in recent years. In 2011, Arizona state Sen. Lori Klein (R) was criticized after she pointed her loaded raspberry-pink handgun at a reporter.

    “Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein told the reporter as she aimed the gun’s laser pointer at the reporter’s chest, adding that the firearm’s lack of a trigger safety should not be a reason to worry.


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    Feb 11, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    Start a national campaign that emphasizes “safe and responsible gun ownership” (executive action)

    Call for a review of safety standards designed for gun locks and gun safes (executive action)

    “Clarify” that the health care legislation doesn’t preclude doctors from asking patients about their gun ownership at home (executive action)

    1% of 30000 accidental deaths is still 300 preventable deaths by guns.

    And here's this:
    http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewpage&page_id=050fea9f-b064-4092-b1135c3a70de1fdaOver 38,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
    ...
    Although most gun owners reportedly keep a firearm in their home for "protection" or "self defense," 83 percent of gun-related deaths in these homes are the result of a suicide, often by someone other than the gun owner.
    Firearms are used in more suicides than homicides.
    Death by firearms is the fastest growing method of suicide.
    Firearms account for 50 percent of all suicides.


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    Feb 11, 2013 10:15 AM GMT
    Sometimes the brainless need a lesson and in Germany one man received that lesson:

    "A police officer opened fire on a robber at a gas station in Rheydt, injuring him seriously. The suspect was arrested during his attempt to escape from the site, the Mönchengladbach prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
    The 21-year-old threatened the clerk with a knife and yelled "robbery!" on Tuesday night. Earlier that day he had already made an appearance in the gas station and was spotted by a clerk while screening the building for security cameras and escape routes."

    "An officer hid in an adjoining room and was able to intervene once the robbery took place. Two shots were fired. According to news reports one bullet hit the suspect's backside and mauled his testicles. "

    "We will not comment on the shots", said Peter Aldenhoff, spokesman to the prosecutor's office. Amongst other procedures investigators would now check footage of the security cameras. A case would have been opened against the suspect on charges of attempted extortionate robbery. The injured suspect tried to escape in a waiting car with three men inside, he said. That is when police made their move. The men would have claimed not to be a part of the crime. "

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    Feb 11, 2013 10:57 AM GMT
    “Clarify” that the health care legislation doesn't preclude doctors from asking patients about their gun ownership at home (executive action)

    You do know that the NRA has made it impossible for the CDC and NIH to do any studies about guns and health as far as studies to determine rates of suicides and gun violence in the home
    and those depts have been leaderless because of filibustering

    you know that right?
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    Feb 12, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    GQjock said“Clarify” that the health care legislation doesn't preclude doctors from asking patients about their gun ownership at home (executive action)

    You do know that the NRA has made it impossible for the CDC and NIH to do any studies about guns and health as far as studies to determine rates of suicides and gun violence in the home
    and those depts have been leaderless because of filibustering

    you know that right?


    It really doesn't trust the federal government to make non-biased, non-political decisions.

    For example, the FDA banned cyclamates in 1969 despite little evidence that they were harmful. On the other hand, they approved Nutrasweet in 1981 despite charges that the research was flawed and inadequate. It also approved FenPhen, a diet drug that was proven to be dangerous and was later taken off the market.

    There have been attempts to further restrict the shooting sports by banning any ammunition that contains lead -- this would severely impact shooters since lead is a component of almost all ammo.

    This is also a federal government that dragged its feet on AIDS during the '80s and the Reagan administration. It took groups like ActUp and deaths of poeple like Rock Hudson before it took serious action.

    The bureaucracy knows who's buttering its bread and usually produces results to reflect that. No wonder the NRA is blocking studies.