Dem Senator: If we had as Many Flu Deaths as Gun Deaths, “This Nation Would be up in Arms”

Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut said that if we experienced as many deaths from illnesses as we do from guns, “this nation would be up in arms.” For an anti-gun zealot, the phrase “up in arms” is a little ironic. Maybe it was intentional.

He’s referring to the 30,000 people who die every year in incidents involving guns. Of course, that figure is comprehensive. It includes suicides and even self-defense cases. Here’s what he said:

“If 30,000 people in the United States of America fell sick of flu or ebola or polio this nation would be up in arms, there would be drastic, effective action, 30,000 people falling sick as a result of a public epidemic, dying as a result is a public health crisis,” he said. “We have in this nation truly an epidemic of gun death and gun disease that is taking lives, 90 of them every day and should be treated as a public health crisis.”


“Congress is complicit by its inaction,” Blumenthal claimed in his speech. “Congress is complicit by failing to enact a universal background check so we keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

He brought up deaths resulting from illnesses. He’s implying that “gun deaths” far outweigh deaths from diseases/viruses like the flu, ebola or polio. Let’s take a look at some other statistics. Here are the top ten causes of death in the U.S., from the CDC:

  • Heart disease: 611,105
  • Cancer: 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
  • Diabetes: 75,578
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149

See something missing from that list? “Gun deaths” didn’t even make the top ten? Now, it’s true that a couple of those above could involve guns such as “Accidents (unintentional injuries)”, however we have more car accident deaths per year than gun deaths. Suicides also can involve guns, but as for everything else on the list, guns don’t enter into the equation.

So, over 1.9 million people die from one of these top ten causes listed above, and the vast majority don’t involve guns in any way. What’s not on the list is of course the estimated 400,000 people who die every year at the hands of the medical industry. You add that to the list, and you’ve got over 2.3 million people who die every year, most of whom had nothing to do with guns.

All these numbers far outweigh the number of people who die in incidents involving firearms. People aren’t “up in arms” over heart disease deaths or cancer. Yes, people are concerned with those things, but the government only exacerbates the problem. And drug companies are only interested in keeping people sick and selling as many drugs as possible. In spite of all that, no one’s rioting in the streets in response to all the deaths associated with illnesses. No one’s calling on the government to “do something” about it. No one’s clamoring for “cancer control” or the institution of “heart-disease free zones.”