But by sheer numbers of fatalities, more people are killed by the junk they consume than by being shot. That's why the junk food is so horrible - it's insidious. You see a firearm and you instantly recognize the possibility of danger, but very, very few people look at a Quarter Pounder with cheese, large fries, and a large Coke and see them for the dangers they are.
Originally Posted by Makedde
True, you can't instantly kill someone with a BigMac the way you can with a bullet - so I guess what we're debating is the difference between suicide and murder.
There are statistics I obtained from the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics that I posted elsewhere in this sub-forum, that show the highest rate of firearm homicide in the United States is amongst young (<25 y/o) black males. That is the demographic where most of the everyday, run-of-the-mill firearm murders happen.
Admittedly, there will be another high-profile shooting sometime this year somewhere in the United States - you can almost depend on it. And, there will also probably be an accident with significant loss of life involving a passenger airliner this year as well.
Nonetheless, I don't board an airliner and worry about the possibility of death. Nor do I walk into my local shopping mall and worry about the possibility of a crazed gunman. Both of these could happen, but I view the possibility as being so remote as not to matter.
In all honestly, should I get shot, my only hope is that I go quickly like JFK did.
If you've never seen the film of the JFK assassination, here it is. I warn you in advance, it's a horribly graphic piece of American history --
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