An industry people trust kills 21 times more Americans per year than guns do

Thanks to 24 hour news programming, youtube, and the fact that 75% of the country owns video capable phones, many Americans believe that gun deaths and firearm violence are at all-time highs.  And from this, outcry against guns has brought the nation very close to 50-50 on whether to overturn 2nd Amendment protections in our right to own and bear arms.

However, this false belief that guns are the primary (and to some the sole) reason for most homicides and un-natural deaths is based primarily on programming, and has little to do with actual facts on the matter.  For if people actually took the time to digest the reality that in 2015, only a little more than 12,000 Americans lost their lives because of gun violence, they would suddenly be open to seeing that there is an industry that we all ‘trust’ that actually kills 21 times more people each year than firearms do.

And that industry is the medical establishment.

After heart disease and cancer, medical errors kill more Americans than anything else, claiming a quarter of a million lives a year, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

If bungles and safety lapses in the hospital were accounted for as deaths from disease and injury are, they would be the third most common cause of death in the U.S., leading to more fatalities than respiratory disease, the report in the British Medical Journal argues. – Bloomberg

It is rare that a Doctor is ever brought to trial for medical malfeasance when the outcome resulted in the death of a patient.  And in fact, about the only one some Americans can remember is the Doctor in charge of Michel Jackson’s health when it was proven he administered a drug without proper use of the pharmaceutical’s correct functionality.

Yet 250,000 people per year die due to the malfeasance of Doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical industry, with almost all recompense taking place in the civil courts rather than the criminal ones.  And very few Americans protest this area of unnatural death, even though it far outweighs even the total number of crimes committed with a firearm (not just deaths from one – 50,000) by more than 5 to 1.

Everything in life is perceived in the minds and eyes of the beholder, and emotion and agenda often outweigh facts, logic, and reason.  And it is an important thing to note the next time an activist or politician tries to justify removing your right to own a gun, when at the same time they do nothing to the medical establishment that is responsible for far more deaths than from the tools they wish to deprive you of.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.