There were 64 Washington state workplace deaths in 2014. After reading about the accidental firearm death of Veronica J. Rutledge in Idaho, I was curious as to which was more dangerous: working or having a firearm in your home.
I looked up Washington State Health Services Research Project’s Brief no. 71 (April 2013), which reports that the average unintentional firearm death average for 2008-2010 was 8. The figure for 2013 taken from the Washington State Department of Health’s Mortality Table E4 had risen to 10.
The numbers don’t lie: Working in Washington state is 6.4 times more dangerous than having a firearm in your home. That’s an alarming number if you think about it. Statistically, you are 84 percent more likely to be killed at work.
Instead of vilifying firearm owners, maybe Bloomberg, Gates, Ballmer, Barton and Hanauer should be using their wealth and influence to improve workplace safety.