Just How Safe is Safe?

While attempting to catch up with my email this morning, I found this clever forward. (Of course, I never know if such are real or just meant humorously.)

“There was an interesting letter in the Australian Shooter magazine that went like this: ‘If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers. The firearm death rate in Washington , DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are about 25 % more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the  U.S., than you are in Iraq.’  Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington.”