Congratulations are in order for gun owners all over the United States. The National Safety Council has just released its “Injury Facts – 2017 Edition” and accidental firearm deaths have continued to decrease – plummet, in this case. The report shows a 17 percent decrease in accidents involving firearms from 2014 to 2015, a year in which firearms sales soared.
Unintentional firearms-related fatalities declined to 489, the lowest total since record-keeping began in 1903; this figure accounts for less than one percent (three-tenths of one percent) of the 146,571 accident deaths from all listed causes, which were up 8 percent from 2014 to 2015. This decrease in firearms incidents, which was the largest percentage decline of any category, came in a year that saw record high firearms sales to many millions of Americans.
In 2015 approximately 23 million guns changed hands through federally licensed dealers (in 2016 annual sales rose to 27 million). If the anti-gun narrative held true, it would stand to reason that accidental gun deaths would climb accordingly.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation President and CEO Steve Sanetti remarked, "This latest release from the National Safety Council shows that the vast majority of the 100 million American firearms owners meet the serious responsibilities which come with firearms ownership. They store their firearms safely and securely when not in use, and follow the basic rules of firearms safety when handling them." And I say keep up the good work.