Do Guns Really Kill as Many Americans As Cars?

News reports of a study published last week claim that for the first time in more than 60 years, guns kill as many Americans as do cars. The author of the study, Garen J. Wintemute, M.D., M.P.H., is an emergency department attending physician and professor at UC Davis Health System in Sacramento, California. He is also an anti-gun crusader with a long track record of pushing his agenda for more and more gun control. This recent study seems to be his next attempt at disarming law-abiding citizens.

Wintemute’s biography on the UC Davis website describes him as “a renowned expert on the public health crisis of gun violence and a pioneer in the field of injury epidemiology and prevention of firearm violence.” It also says:

Dr. Wintemute has conducted and published findings from numerous studies on gun accessibility, connections between gun ownership and violence, and related topics. He has testified before Congress and served as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wintemute seems to revel in using mass shootings – and their subsequent media coverage – to get his message out. Right after the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, he was interviewed by Sasha Abramsky for The Nation. He told her:

Firearms are readily available. We have created “global gunning,” much as we have created global warming. We have made a whole series of policy decisions that have made the widest possible array of firearms available to the widest possible array of people for use in the widest possible array of circumstances. And we are paying the price for those decisions; or, in this case, our children are paying it for us.

He went on to advocate not only banning certain weapons, but confiscating those already “in circulation.”

But we need to understand there are millions of those guns in circulation in the US already. Unless we are willing to recover those weapons, we are going to continue to pay the price for the decisions we have made over the last thirty to fifty years.

Of course a plethora of drugs have already been made illegal and that has done nothing to stop criminals from growing, manufacturing, buying, selling, or using them. Likewise, banning guns will not stop criminals from having and using guns. But it will prevent law-abiding citizens from defending themselves against those criminals.