New Study: Owning a Car is 80 Percent More Dangerous Than Owning a Gun

In a new study that will surely upset liberals from coast to coast, Chris Conover, a researcher at Duke University, has just discovered that owning a car is 80 percent riskier than owning a gun.

Conover, a Research Scholar at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University, noted in Forbes magazine that owning a car is far more dangerous to people than owning a gun.

Here are his indisputable statistics:

  • There were 310 million guns in the U.S. in 2009 (a Congressional Research Service figure I have no reason to dispute), a figure that likely grew to perhaps 350 million by 2013.
  • These guns result in ~33,000 deaths in 2013, of which 64% were suicides, leaving ~500 accidental deaths and 11,200 due to homicides (these are official CDC figures reported in Table 10)
  • There were 269 million registered vehicles in the U.S. in 2013.
  • These result in ~33,000 deaths a year, roughly half of which are drivers (these are official NHTSA statistics).

After relaying these stats, Conover says,

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In this sharply divided country, there surely is also strong disagreement about the extent to which government ought to be protecting citizens from self-harm. But I presume that a broad spectrum of the public on both sides of the aisle would agree there is an appropriate government role in protecting citizens from being harmed by one another. So if we leave aside self-inflicted deaths, the average car is 1.8 times as risky as the average gun. That is, my owning a car is 80 percent more likely to result in the death of another person my owning a gun.

He has even more hard numbers for us.

Working from figures included in Table 10 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Death and Mortality figures for 2013, Conover shows that the number of accidental firearm-related deaths for that year was approximately “1.4 deaths per million guns.” That works out to “less than 2″ accidental deaths a day.

On the other hand, even if you take out drunk drivers from the number of accidental car deaths for 2013–something which Conover does by citing the argument that drunk driving alone is a crime that could mitigate categorizing a resulting crash as an accident–even then, the number of accidental car deaths was approximately 12,700 for the year. That works out to “36.2 accidental deaths for every million vehicles.”

So, the facts are that you are many times more likely to be hurt or killed by your own bad driving choices or those of others around you on the road than you are to be injured or killed by a gun.

In fact, Conover notes, “the typical car is 25 times more as likely to kill someone accidentally as the typical gun.”

The researcher wraps up saying:

So again, in light of these eye-opening but indisputable facts, why is gun ownership so vilified by progressives? They could save literally 25 times as many lives by convincing a single typical car owner to drive more responsibly than convincing a single typical gun owner to use their weapon more responsibly

There you have it, folks. Your car is more dangerous than anyone’s gun.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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