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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:49 PM

4. the age of the victim matters when looking at life expectancy

so if guns kill younger people, on average, than obesity, heart disease, etc., then on average each gun death pulls down the average life expectancy more than each heart attack because it robs more years off the victim's life.

i don't know for certain but i would certainly suspect that the average age of a gun death victim is significantly lower than the average age of a heart attack death victim.

so, for illustration (i.e., just pulling numbers out of my a--) it's possible for guns to account for 10% of all deaths in the u.s. yet be responsible for 20% of the lower life expectancy.

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