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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:20 AM

17. Guns explain part of the difference in life expectancy, but not all of it.

A study from a few years ago estimated the reduction in life expectancy due to guns at about 104 days. That's a lot, but the gap with other nations is years, so even if there were no guns in the US, we would still be far behind.

Here is a chart that compares the reduction in life expectancy due to guns and some other causes of death.

Cause of death Reduction
Lung cancer 197
Motor vehicle accidents 161
Breast cancer (Females) 145
Firearms 104
Colon cancer 67
Poisoning 66
Prostate cancer (Males) 47
Suffocation 39
Falls 25
Drowning 17
Fires 13


http://www.upenn.edu/ldi/issuebrief11_2.pdf

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