The author, Frank Bruni, fairly pointed out that seasonal flu kills far more people in the United States each year than ebola has killed in the entire world, ever.
However, at the very end of the editorial, he couldn’t help but stick in an argument for gun control.
So are these: fewer potato chips. Less sugary soda. Safer sex. Tighter restrictions on firearms. More than 30,000 Americans die from gunshots every year. Anyone looking for an epidemic to freak out about can find one right there.
Of course, what isn’t mentioned is that around 20,000 of those deaths are due to suicide, and a percentage of the homicides are justifiable homicides by armed citizens or police officer involved shootings.