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    Founder's Club Member Tess's Avatar
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    If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theatre of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

    The firearm death rate in Washington, D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

    That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. Capitol,which has the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

    Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington.
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    True???Numbers close??

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    Sorry, not true. The following numbers are not sorted according to cause of death (ie the large number of casualties in Iraq caused by IEDs, and non-firearm deaths in DC):

    2112 deaths among US troops over 22 months, with an average of 160,000 in country, does indeed come out to a death rate of 60 per 100,000--per MONTH. That is 720 per 100,000 annually.

    In comparison, the murder rate in DC in 2005 was 35.4 per 100,000 for the entire year.

    Assuming that the figure given above is for combat deaths in Iraq, and does not include accidents, the death rate in Iraq for the period stated was about 20 times higher than in Washington DC.

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