2017 marked the first time firearms killed more people than motor vehicle accidents

Rural states, meanwhile, have the highest rates of gun deaths and bear the largest costs as a share of their economies. Nationally, the cost of gun violence in the U.S. runs $229 billion a year, or 1.4 percent of the gross domestic product, the report said.

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Isn’t it fascinating how far vehicle safety has improved over the last 50 years or so? And all without any sort of regulation! Oh, wait…

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It also helps that auto manufacturers don’t view their products’ potential lethality as a selling point.

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Anybody want to bet that Trump will use this as justification to declare mandatory reductions in auto safety?

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Hey, “guns don’t kill people”, right?

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Auto Dealer: This car uses the latest collision avoidance and safety technology to ensure it’s the least-lethal vehicle on the market!
Auto Customer: Great, I’ll take it!

Gun Dealer: This new gun uses fingerprint lock technology and wax bullets to ensure it’s the least-lethal firearm on the market!
Gun Customer: Fuck you.

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