One of the many dirty little secrets the anti-firearms crowd withholds from the public is that thanks to years of hunter safety programs, industry-led gun-safe efforts and the general self-education of gun owners about utilizing trigger locks and safe storage practices, accidental firearms-related fatalities in the United States currently stand at an all-time low.
Data recently released by the National Safety Council demonstrates that unintentional firearms-related fatalities continue to remain at historically low levels.
In the past 2 decades, the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities has declined by 57 percent—from 1,409 unintentional fatalities in 1992 to 600 in 2012.
The data indicate that firearms are involved in fewer than .5 percent of all unintentional fatalities in the United States. In a side-by-side comparison, firearms rank among the lowest causes of injury.
- Other key NSC findings include:
- During the past 10 years, firearms-related fatalities in the home have dropped by 20 percent, and by 60 percent in the past 20 years.
- Firearms are involved in 1.4 percent of unintentional fatalities among children 14 years of age and under and are among the least likely causes of unintentional fatality.
- Hunting is one of the safest activities in America.
- As firearms safety education programs have increased, the number of unintentional firearms-related fatalities have decreased.
- During the past decade, the rate of unintentional firearms-related fatalities has declined by 33 percent (from 0.3 percent in 2002 to 0.2 percent in 2012).
So, in short: Keep up the great work, gun owners.
For more info on NSSF's Project Child Safe go to ProjectChildSafe.org.