NSC Report: 17% Drop in Unintentional Gun Deaths

    The recently released National Safety Council report entitled “Injury Facts-2017 Edition” shows a 17 percent decrease in fatal accidents involving firearms from 2014 to 2015. Essentially this National Safety Council report shows an all-time low in accidental gun deaths in the United States.

    The Injury Facts report is the annual statistics gathered by the National Safety Council, a nongovernmental public service organization, of unintentional injuries and deaths for the workplace, motor vehicle, home, community, and state as well as the costs associated with these statistics.

    In the period from 2014 to 2015 there were 489 accidental firearms deaths in America, representing less than four-tenths of 1 percent of all accidental deaths from all causes in that time frame. In that same period from 2014 to 2015 the total number of accidental deaths in the US rose about 8 percent. The 17 percent decline in the gun death category is the largest percentage decline of any of the categories in the report.

    The 2017 National Safety Council injury report shows that the top cause of unintentional death of adults in America is poisoning. This statistic includes prescription drugs, drug overdose and drug interactions.

    You can purchase the report here at the National Safety Council website, NSC.org and Amazon.

    Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at [email protected]