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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pretend Gun Violence is Bird Flu or Tuberculois or Measles

Another deadly shooting in Indiana grocery store. 
But there's a big difference between gun violence and infectious disease:

ELKHART, IND. – Three people are dead, including the gunman, night after a shooting at an Elkhart, Ind., grocery store, authorities said late Wednesday.

Elkhart police received a call about an active shooter at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference.

The suspect, in his early 20s, walked into the store and used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a woman, then walked to another aisle and shot and killed another woman, Smith said. One victim was an employee and appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s and the other was a shopper who appeared to be in her 40s, he said. They were found about 12 aisles apart.

Bird flu is again claiming lives.
Hong Kong officials are reporting that a second patient has died after contracting the H7N9 bird flu virus, according to the South China Morning Post.

The 65-year-old male is believed to have been the third person in Hong Kong to contract the virus during the last month. Authorities reported that all of the patients were exposed to the disease in the neighboring city of Shenzhen in southern China.
Read more: H7N9 Bird Flu: Second Death in Hong Kong |
Tuberculosis is a leading cause of death report from World Health Organization
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent.
  • In 2012, 8.6 million people fell ill with TB and 1.3 million died from TB.
  • Over 95% of TB deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, and it is among the top three causes of death for women aged 15 to 44.
Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available.
  • In 2011, there were 158 000 measles deaths globally – about 430 deaths every day or 18 deaths every hour.
  • More than 95% of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.
  • Measles vaccination resulted in a 71% drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2011 worldwide.  
But there's a huge difference between deaths by infectious disease and gun violence.

It's a fact:  gun violence is entirely preventable because the vector can be controlled.  Guns cause gun violence deaths.  

Diseases will never be entirely preventable because the influenza virus continues to mutate, tuberculosis becomes resistant to antibiotics and measles continues to erupt especially in third world countries. 

Americans who debate gun owners rights should put an equal amount of time into gun violence prevention.

Gun violence is a public health hazard and an unnecessary cause of preventable deaths.

Gun violence should be treated like deadly disease. Treatment should be the passing of public policies restricting the access people have to guns purchased solely for the purpose of killing people.  

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