A better thing to ask him (instead of the seatbelt angle) would be to ask him if he had a Drivers License. (of course he does). Then ask him (with a shocked expression and tone of voice), why he drives, because it's MUCH more dangerous to drive your own car than to walk or take public transit. According to the US DOT's 2008 figures, there were 37,313 highway-related fatalities in the US.
I saw a friend today at Walmart. He said: "Why are you carrying a gun?"
I replied: "To exercise my 2nd amendment right and to p--s off Obama."
He said: "I have a permit too, but why are you carrying a gun?"
I said: "Its like a seatbelt; You never know when you'll need it."
He nodded and walked away, but I could see that he was still confused.
Frankly, I was confused too. Why would a permit holder not understand one carrying a gun? I was openly carrying, but he didn't address that. What could else could I have said in a short time frame?
According to the CDC's most recent data (2004) there were about 29,569 firearms-related deaths, and over half (57%) of those were suicides (16,750).
So if you're not considering killing yourself, it's actually almost three times more dangerous to drive your car than it is to carry a gun.
(and actually, the initial FBI homicide statistics for 2009 appear to show a SIGNIFICANT drop in homicides nationwide since 2008--down by 10%, and the homicide statistics have been dropping EVERY year in the US since 2006. So when we get detailed data from CDC on 2009, it will probably be closer to FOUR times as dangerous to drive...)
I just don't understand why anyone who has a drivers license would even CONSIDER driving their car--it's just TOOO dangerous...
Statistics are wonderful...
I'm not sure where the CDC gets their numbers, because according to the FBIs Uniform Crime Reports and BJS's website, in 2006, the national total for ALL murders was just a bit over 17,000. I'm assuming there are a lot of different modes of murder--knives, baseball bats, cars, pushing people out a window. It looks like the CDC is not for "murders", but rather for ALL homicides, which includes justifiable self-defense shootings, valid police shootings in the line of duty, and "accidental", non-neglegent shootings that resulted in death--NONE of which are crimes. If we take the suicides out of the CDC's total, it leaves us with 12,819 homicides, which means, if we are to believe the FBI, only about 4200 murders were using methods other than firearms. It looks like the CDC might be "cooking the books" with some of the same statistical chicanery that VPC, MMM, and Brady use to arrive at their grossly inflated figures...