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Death rates: Britain's Health System more dangerous than America's Guns

So, the socialists love British socialized health care and the British ban on guns.

So let's see what that means in reality eh?

In 2010:
UK: 157275 cancer deaths
UK cancer death rate: .2489%

US: 569490 cancer deaths
US cancer death rate: .1844%

The US has a dramatically lower death rate from cancer, because the US (somewhat) private health care system does a better job of treating, managing, and curing cancer than does the British system.

If the UK had America's superior cancer death rate, that is 40,734 more Britons who would have survived 2010. That's a 0.06% rate of death by socialized medicine.

Compare to the roughly 16,000 Americans who were murdered by a firearm - a 0.005% chance.

So, the British are 10 times more likely to die of socialized medicine, than an American is of a gunshot.


http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@nho/documents/document/acspc-024113.pdf
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/mortality/uk-cancer-mortality-statistics

The one thing that could help.

Megan, you overlooked one obvious thing that could help. 

More regular, sane, well-adjusted people who are well trained in the use of firearms should be allowed to carry them concealed, in public.

The reason the shooters pick malls, schools, restaurants and the like is that they know noone in any of these places will offer them any resistance. Because we have in our "wisdom" banned guns from these places - even by non-crazies. So when crazy shows up to a school there is *no way to stop it*.

The meme is "Noone has ever committed a mass murder at a gun show." But it's truth. These shooters are, fundamentally, cowards. They want easy victims, and as you say, a sense of power. So they're going to go to places where we have banned guns and know they will get to exercise that power without resistance. Places that might resist won't give them the sense of power.

The obvious solution you overlook, is to encourage, educate, and allow more people to defend themselves…

Liberal Nicholas D Kristof starts to get it - a little: Welfare Destroys.

Whoa. Occasionally we get through to people, even if only partially:

"This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency. Our poverty programs do rescue many people, but other times they backfire."

@Nicholas D Kristof, this is because you leftists have had poverty wrong all along. Poverty is the state of nature. In our nation, poverty is not victimhood. Poverty is not a state you are kept in by a feudal lord. Poverty is, merely, the lack of wealth-producing and wealth-building activity. To create and build wealth, certain values are required: industriousness, foresight, independence, integrity, honesty, the ability to consider the values of other so that you can deal with them by trade, and above all: rationality, the ability to solve problems, because solving problems is what creates value.

All humans are born into poverty. We are all born with no ide…

What "Illegal Immigration" is really all about.

A Colorado Republican argued against open immigration by saying "America is a nation of immigrants AND a nation of laws. We are a sovereign nation with a right to control our borders."

My response:

"We are a nation of laws AND a nation of street-crossers! Of course we like and appreciate street-crossers, we're all where we are because our forebears crossed a street!"

"But we need some regulation of this street-crossing or all would be chaos!"

"So, here, fill out these 25 forms. You don't understand them? Don't worry, if you make a mistake we'll let you know but you will have to go back to the end of the line. Oh, yes, you can hire a few attorneys to help you. And, we don't want chaos, so we only allow 10,000 people a year to cross the street. We expect your wait to only be five to ten years. But after that, we will be happy to allow you to cross the street! You say your house burned down and you're trying to cross…

The Risk-Free Existence

The moral decay of our once great nation is not about parties. It arises from the fantasy that we can eliminate all risk from life.

While eliminating risk is what everyone wants to do, and what everyone works to do, it has its limits. We can save, and invest - but the bank could fold, the business could bankrupt, the jar of gold coins could be stolen. These failures can be because of bad luck, or bad choices.

We can go to school to try to learn the right things, we can buy insurance, we can be careful about what we hedge and what we risk. But all life is risk - every single day you might trip, have a heart attack, be hit by a bus, get robbed at gunpoint and shot dead. You cannot plan all risk out of life, and trying to do so causes us to commit grave injustices against others and to make everyone profoundly unhappy.

The only truly risk-free life would be, disembodied brains, encased in layers of steel and concrete, somehow fed by a source similarly protected from the outside - protec…

Michael Bloomberg

I don't normally do photos on here. But I had to.