Leave the bulletproof vest at home, a bottle of aspirin is more likely to save your life.
The CDC's annual report on the top 15 causes of death in the US was released this past Wednesday, and surprise!: homicide is no longer on the list, this in spite of the expiration of the 1994 'Assault' Weapons Ban in 2004. A gun-control supporter would probably be shocked to notice that the increase in availability of firearms has not caused the homicide rate to increase.
Guns do not cause murders, because guns are simply inanimate objects. The average American is more likely to die as a result of suicide than at the hands of a murderer.
The top 15 causes of death in the US are:
1 Diseases of heart
2 Malignant neoplasms
3 Chronic lower respiratory diseases
4 Cerebrovascular diseases
5 Accidents (unintentional injuries)
6 Alzheimer’s disease
7 Diabetes mellitus
8 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis
9 Influenza and pneumonia
10 Intentional self-harm (suicide)
12 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
13 Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease
14 Parkinson’s disease
15 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquid
So Americans are either increasingly safer from accidents and crime... or they are just increasingly unhealthier, which would not be surprising given their poor eating habits and lazy lifestyle. It is worth noting that as life expectancy increases, age-related diseases become more prevalent causes of death than accidents or violence.