Motor vehicle deaths still notably higher than gun deaths in the U.S. | Violence Policy Center

Headlines are quick hits from media outlets from Missouri and around the world. Follow the headline link for the full story. The source of this headline says:

Motor vehicle deaths are on a steady decline nationwide, thanks to decades of applying proven public health-based injury prevention strategies to reduce death and injury. Meanwhile, gun deaths continue unabated. Guns remain the only consumer products not regulated for health and safety in the United States.

The VPC publishes an annual analysis of federal Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention data comparing gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths on a state-by-state basis. The most recent analysis shows that in 2014, gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Nine out of 10 American households have access to a motor vehicle while a little less than a third of American households contain a gun. To reduce the unacceptable toll of death and injury, firearms must be regulated for health and safety just as we regulate motor vehicles and all other consumer products.

MoBikeFed comment: This article makes the point that motor vehicle deaths have declined quite dramatically in the past 10 years or so, thanks to vigorous work to reduce these deaths via various policy initiatives--ranging from safer construction of automobiles to better road design.

(It doesn't mention that the decrease in the volume of driving after the Great Recession also played a key role.)

Nevertheless, the raw number of motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. is still quite a bit larger than the number of gun deaths. And yet, police departments across the state are de-emphasizing traffic enforcement, partly because they feel that reduction of violent crimes like murder is important whereas traffic enforcement isn't too important.

Over 30,000 Americans are killed and over 2 million injured on the road every year. It is important!