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NYT: Guns Lowering American Life Expectancy

From a delighted New York Times:

For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health

By SABRINA TAVERNISE | January 9, 2013

Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States…

The 378-page study by a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council is the first to systematically compare death rates and health measures for people of all ages, including American youths. It went further than other studies in documenting the full range of causes of death, from diseases to accidents to violence…

The panel called the pattern of higher rates of disease and shorter lives “the U.S. health disadvantage,” and said it was responsible for dragging the country to the bottom in terms of life expectancy over the past 30 years. American men ranked last in life expectancy among the 17 countries in the study, and American women ranked second to last…

Car accidents, gun violence and drug overdoses were major contributors to years of life lost by Americans before age 50.

So gun violence is now a health issue. And, thanks to Obama-Care, the administration can do just about anything to stop it.

Which, by the way, is exactly what we predicted would happen under Obama-Care. Because when they have control over your health, they have control over almost everything.

The rate of firearm homicides was 20 times higher in the United States than in the other countries, according to the report, which cited a 2011 study of 23 countries. And though suicide rates were lower in the United States, firearm suicide rates were six times higher.

Sixty-nine percent of all American homicide deaths in 2007 involved firearms, compared with an average of 26 percent in other countries, the study said. “The bottom line is that we are not preventing damaging health behaviors,” said Samuel Preston, a demographer and sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who was on the panel. “You can blame that on public health officials, or on the health care system. No one understands where responsibility lies.” …

So owning a gun is now a "health behavior." And it’s up to public health officials and the health care system to put an end to it.

Panelists were surprised at just how consistently Americans ended up at the bottom of the rankings…

Americans also had the lowest probability over all of surviving to the age of 50…

The panel sought to explain the poor performance. It noted the United States has a highly fragmented health care system, with limited primary care resources and a large uninsured population. It has the highest rates of poverty among the countries studied

The report also explored less conventional explanations. Could cultural factors like individualism and dislike of government interference play a role? Americans are less likely to wear seat belts and more likely to ride motorcycles without helmets…

[But] as recently as the 1950s, Americans scored better in life expectancy and disease than many of the other countries in the current study.

And yet we probably had a lot more guns per capita. And we smoked and used seat belts and ate what we wanted. How is it possible?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NYT: Guns Lowering American Life Expectancy”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    This is why the left has kept American’s as stupid as possible via the government schools. This article is complete crap meant to look like facts. First, they fail to list that actual numbers. The number of traffic fatalities and drug overdoses is so much larger as to render those by firearms statistically insignificant (about 35,000 by car, 38,000 drug overdoses, and about 8,000 by firearms). Second, drugs are 100% illegal and that somehow doesn’t stop people from dying. Third, they could have put any cause as the third as the point of the article was to drive an agenda and not to provide actual news. For instance, almost 200,000 people die from medical malpractice each year.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Is this the same panel of experts who pronounced Bill Clinton “Father of the Year” this year?

  3. USSFreedom says:

    Or the same guys that did the Global Warming stats?

  4. njyankee says:


    And who’s number one on the life expectancy list? Switzerland…the country where gun ownership is mandatory for every household.

  5. canary says:

    General McChrystal’s is for more gun control and restrictions.

    Another American hypocrite who thinks only special people like himself should own guns.

    The headlines of Fox’s interviews did not match the interviews so I did not post them. They scratched the gun control comments and let him focus on the raw deal he got in resigning. Also, another reason not to buy his book he plugged:

    “My Share and the Task”.

    is because he’s complained how he had to rewrite and make so many changes to make the WH editors staff happy.
    Since McChrystal complains his book was very censored and he had to do a lot of re-editing before the top editors in the US okayed it, why buy it. Let’s not support a General who

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