Get ready for gun control supporters bogusly to start claiming that firearms “cause” more injuries than more than 150,000 other factors. The United Nations’ World Health Organization is increasing its list of injury causes from 17,000 to 155,000, effective October 1, 2014.
Check it out:
The U.N.’s injury list, which will be used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is being expanded to include such commonplace mishaps as “Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, initial encounter” and “Toxic effect of contact with other jellyfish, intentional self-harm, initial encounter.”
No, we’re not making this stuff up. The Weekly Standard covered this story.
Reconfiguring an international injury data collection system to count the number of people who intentionally sting themselves with jellyfish, and preparing to count the number of interstellar travelers who run into trouble with Earth’s gravitational pull is just the kind of nonsense that happens when public health bureaucrats have way too much taxpayer money in their hands without adult supervision. Of course, the United Nations is funded by the taxpayers of various countries, including, as the National Review has noted, $7.7 billion from the United States in 2010.