‘Gun deaths’ vs. ‘car deaths’ charge perceived as ruse for more restrictions

Claims by a gun control group that firearms deaths in Michigan and 9 other states “now outpace motor vehicle deaths” result in unlikely conclusions, a noted legal scholar wrote Wednesday. Professor Eugene Volokh of the UCLA School of Law responded to a Detroit Free Press article promoting a Violence Policy Center call for more “consumer product” regulation on his The Volokh Conspiracy blog by adding perspective to the assertions.

“The number of accidental gun deaths in Michigan in 2009 (the most recent year reported in WISQARS) was … 12, compared to 962 accidental motor-vehicle-related deaths,” Volokh wrote. “99% of the gun deaths in Michigan that year consisted of suicides (575) and homicides (495).”

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