With all the news reporting on the Zika Virus and pregnant mothers having children with Microcephaly I started to wonder how many babies are born in the US with Microcephaly yearly. As it turns out Children’s Hospital says Microcephaly is rare, affecting only 25,000 children per year. Yep, you read that correct, RARE and 25,000! When I read that I was stunned that 25,000 earns standing as a rare condition. That got the wheels turning regarding homicides with a firearm. Rather than going back to the CDC data and FBI stats which never jive I figured it was easier to just check out the Gun Violence page on Wikipedia. So from there the FBI stats for 2012 had 8,855 total firearm related homicides while in 2013 the CDC had 11,208 deaths by homicide. By comparison Microcephaly occurs at two to three times the rate of homicide in the US. Now I am not saying the police should stop trying to solve or stop homicides, but is before Zika was anyone even taking a look at Microcephaly. It 11,208 (CDC numbers) is enough to spark outrage by gun grabbers, you would think 25,000 would grab the attention of everyone. It’s not something new. In 1932 the movie Freaks included people with Microcephaly, one of which was Schlitzie who was born in 1901 and lived to be 70 years old. Had someone been working to find the cause and prevention of Microcephaly since then, 115 years if anyone is counting, 25,000 people per year in the US would not face the challenges they do today. Assuming an average lifespan of 40 years we have at least 1,000,000 people with Microcephaly. Doesn’t seem rare anymore does it?
I’ve long thought many of gun control advocates were out of touch with reality and learning Microcephaly is considered rare despite affecting 25,000 people in the US hammers home that fact. We’re focusing on the wrong things, mainly for political gain. How about we work on our priorities and focus on what really matters and can make a difference.