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A Doctor’s View of Gunshot Wounds

Posted on the 21 February 2013 by Adask

This video is atypical for this blog.  It doesn’t involved politics or economics. But, if you’re interested in learning about the differences in wounds caused by handguns, rifles and shotguns, here’s some solid info.

Some of the info is a little bloody and not for the squeamish.  But, by and large, this video offers clinical evidence that virtually all handguns are almost toys as compared to rifles and shotguns.

According to the doctor in this video, only about one handgun shooting in seven actually causes death.  Six out of seven handgun victims survive.  Even so, handguns are responsible for about 76% of the murders that committed in this country.  Fortunately, only about 24% of gunshot fatalities are caused by rifles and shotguns.  However, the percentage of fatalities that result from each rifle or shotgun attack are much, much higher than the percentage of fatalities caused by handguns.

Rifles and shotguns are used to commit murder only rarely, but they are so much more powerful than handguns, that they are far more lethal.  Handguns are nowhere near as deadly–or even effective–as most people suppose.  Lots of people shot with handguns can continue to fight and shoot for several minutes after they’ve been shot.

Therefore, if you’re interested in purchasing a firearm–depending on your objective–this video will give you a clinical basis for choosing between handguns, rifles and shotguns and between calibers of bullets.

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