Control medical errors, not citizens' firearms

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported up to 98,000 people die per year because of mistakes in hospitals. The Journal of Patient Safety recently published a study reflecting figures between 210,000 and 440,000. In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for the DHHS reported the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone. This makes medical mistakes the third highest cause of death in America.

While medical mistake death rates have exploded since the 1999 study, many legislators focus on firearms as an epidemic, showing their bias toward lawful gun ownership, or support gun specific bans as a means to make life "safer" for the public. If they were at all concerned for our safety their focus would be on "Preventable Medical Deaths."

The latest FBI Unified Crime Report (2012) reflects 8,855 homicides with firearms, a reduction of 15.25 percent since 2007. A citizen is 2,033 percent to 4,969 percent more likely to die of a "Preventable Medical Mistake" than by firearm homicide. This staggering statistic is completely ignored by the media and our ever-protective legislators. Seems our best interest is only important when it serves theirs.

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