Cars are far more dangerous than AR-15s

We understand all the fuss over “gun control,” especially after the recent tragic events in our home city Orlando, Florida, but statistically speaking, my fellow Floridians should worry more about pedestrian safety and the level of texting and driving on our roadways. By way of empirical example, see Table 1 of this 2014 road safety report titled “Dangerous by Design”:






Metropolitan area

Total pedestrian deaths (2003–


Annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000



1 Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 583 2.75
2 Tampa-St. Petersburg- Clearwater, FL 874 2.97
3 Jacksonville, FL 359 2.48
4 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 1,539 2.58


About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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10 Responses to Cars are far more dangerous than AR-15s

  1. CHCollins says:

    I’m not disagreeing with your premise, but perhaps its magnitude. If “dangerous” implies = (harm inflicted / harm intended) then I would say vehicles are FAR more dangerous than weapons, because the denominator for vehicles is so low.

    • Great point … There are lots of “assault rifles” out there but there are many more cars, so we might want to look at the ratio of injuries per car versus injuries per rifle

      • CHCollins says:

        There are so many guns in the USA that even then the gun denominator might be very high. There were roughly 75000 gun-related injuries in US in 2013 and approx 350m guns (of which ? were assault type weapons). So that’s around 1 injury or death per 4000 guns per year. For comparison, Natl Safety Council says: 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million injured on U.S. roads in 2015. And there are ~250m cars “on the road” — I imagine that means registered vehicles. That adds up to 1 injury or death per 60 “cars on the road” per year.

      • In other words, cars are more dangerous than guns, whatever statistical measure we use. This analysis is very enlightening.

      • CHCollins says:

        But… if there were a movement to repeal the Second Amendment, so as to allow Congress to pass sane and reasonable gun-control laws, I would support it. After all, the government regulates car safety features, and while that has been a positive, it hasn’t eliminated auto casualties.

      • That’s a great point, but I wonder if a repeal of the 2nd amendment is even necessary, since Congress already has the power to regulate commerce between the States. After all, there is a constitutional right to travel from State to State, but this right does not limit the power of Congress over transportation …

  2. CHCollins says:

    Recent Supreme decisions have seemed to bake into the Second Amendment the right to buy and own whatever gun you what. There is no “Second Amendment” for vehicles, and so vehicles are subject to reasonable regulation. I would like guns to be oe on a regulatory par with vehicles, and the Second Amendment stands in the way.

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