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Your Most Dangerous Enemy


We know not to walk through parking garages alone at night and to beware of concrete stairwells. We know to keep our windows up at traffic lights and to apologize quickly to avoid a confrontation with a stranger (often taking the edge off anger). More importantly, we know to keep our EDC well-hidden but highly accessible.

But what if I told you that, statistically speaking, the person most likely to kill you is not some random street criminal? It’s not the neighbor kid you catch breaking into your house or a conscienceless Mafia assassin. And no, it’s not your girlfriend’s ex-husband. Neither is the person most likely to kill you the person sleeping beside you or someone most likely to turn a workplace grievance into workplace violence.

Most Likely to Kill

According to CNBC, “A recent Johns Hopkins [University] study claims more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical errors. Other reports claim the numbers to be as high as 440,000. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.”

An elderly woman lying in a hospital bed next to an IV rack which is brimming with bags and tubes

The decisions of your doctors and nurses are more likely to kill you than a concealed carrier is. (Photo by Rick Sapp)

Statistically speaking, the person most likely to kill you is your doctor … or the over-worked nurse laboring under his or her guidance.

And So, Imagine…

So imagine the screeching, mouth-foaming grief of the American left if gun violence were the real issue instead of this: “The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit organization that tracks gun incidents, estimates there have been 10,018 deaths and 20,061 injuries from gun violence in 2019. Those figures do not include suicides by firearms that claim about 23,000 lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

As much as we grieve for the 10,018 deaths, most of them caused by felons with firearms, we are deathly silent about medical errors. Heart disease and cancer may well be matters of luck, diet and exercise, smoking or our DNA. Individually, we may be able to do something to reduce these first and second causes of death.

And suicide: “In 2017, there were 47,173 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).” The CDC says 23,854 were committed with a firearm. Will taking guns out of the hands of U.S. citizens, as the ultra-left presumes, reduce the suicide rate?

My guess is that it would not change by much. Various pills are too readily available, and it requires little to seal a garage while a depressed person drops off to sleep in the car. Though there may be something to the argument that guns make suicide an easy, impulse event, there are other weapons that will replace guns if we remove firearms from the equation.

Imagine the wailing of those who would dismantle the Constitution if 250,000 to 440,000 people died this year from gun violence! Imagine how long the Second or Fourth Amendments would stand. How long would the Electoral College remain? And how quickly America would sink into the mire with Venezuela and Bangladesh. Imagine…

About Rick Sapp

Rick Sapp earned his Ph.D. in social anthropology after his time in the U.S. Army working for the 66th Military Intelligence Group, USAREUR, during the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Following his time in Paris, France, he worked for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service before turning to journalism and freelance writing. Along with being published in several newspapers and magazines, Rick has authored more than 50 books for a variety of publishers.

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