A recent article appeared in the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer concerning accidental
deaths caused by physicians, from research of Laura Key USA. This triggered a
chain of thought that resulted in the person cruising the web finding some statistics
and doing a few calculations.
Number of physicians in the US = 700,000;
Accidental deaths caused per year = 120,000;
Accidental deaths/physician = 0.171
of gun owners in the US = 80,000,000;
Number of accidental gun deaths/year (all age groups) = 1,500;
Accidental deaths/gun owner = 0.00001875
Ratio 0.171 / 0.00001875 = 9120
Therefore, Doctors are approximately
9000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
(Baptist Information Service Editorial written by Kevin Murphy)