Claire McCarthy, M.D., a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, asked a number of people the following question: which causes more deaths, motor vehicle traffic accidents or guns? Everyone who answered believed that motor vehicle deaths far outnumbered those caused by gunfire. But in fact, “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013, 33,804 people died from motor vehicle traffic accidents — and 33, 636 died from firearms.”
“When we talk about introducing new motor vehicle safety laws, like ones against texting and driving, we don’t get into an argument about car rights. […] But somehow gun safety discussions end up being about rights — instead of safety,” writes McCarthy.
“Look, I am not trying to take anybody’s gun away when I talk about gun safety with my patients and their families — no more than I’m trying to take anyone’s car away when I talk about car safety. I am a doctor, and when something kills more than 33,000 people in a year, I take that thing seriously, whatever it is — and do my best to keep my patients safe.”