It's clear that the gun control debate is here to stay for the time being. That being the case, it's important that we really examine all the facts surrounding gun violence.
So just how likely are you to be killed by a gun in the United States? The Economist has put together an interesting graphic that demonstrates your chances of getting killed by an array of things, including guns, heart disease, fire and more.
According to the Economist's chart, your chances of dying as a result of "assault by firearm" is about 1 in 25,000. Americans also have a 1 in 514,147 chance of being killed by "firearms discharge. While still considered one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., the data certainly is at odds with the mainstream media narrative that all guns are simply mass killing machines.
The data from America's National Safety Council suggests you are more likely to die from "intentional self harm," an accidental injury or heart disease.
You are more likely to be killed by a gun than "walking," choking or falling down the stairs. You are least likely to be killed by an asteroid impact (74,817,414 to 1), fireworks (50,729,141 to 1) or a bee sting (25,364,571 to 1).
Check out the graphic below (Click chart to see more):
Now, we also know that twice as many people are killed by "hands and feet" than semi-automatic rifles, which President Barack Obama and Democrats are looking to ban. There are also nearly five times more murders by knife than murders by so-called "assault weapons."
This graph puts it in perspective, and calls into question how effective an "assault weapons" ban would actually be.
(H/T: Aaron Blake, Washington Post)