According to the CDC, total firearm deaths in 2013 was 11,208 (not including suicides, which would add 21,175 deaths). Also according to the CDC, between 2006 and 2010, excessive alcohol use accounted for 88,000 deaths per year. That’s 1 in 10 deaths among working age adults between the ages of 20 and 64.
Arguably, the right to self-defense is a greater social good than the right to drink alcohol. However, surely nobody wants to return to the 1920s in that regard. It’s just odd to me the sort of social calculations we seem to be willing to accept depending on what it is.
I just reject this “do-somethingism” that permeates our politics and our policies. And in my new column for tomorrow, I try to make an argument that I hope my progressive friends on this subject can understand; in short, that the people new gun control measures are most likely to harm are the ones progressives most often seek to help (poor minorities communities).
Here’s the article on guns and alcohol that spurred my post on the subject.