Here is the breakdown of overall deaths in the United States (by cause).
1. Heart Disease (28.5%)
2. Cancer (22.8%)
3. Strokes (6.7%)
4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (5.1%)
5. Accidents (4.4%)
6. Diabetes (3.0%)
11. Suicide (1.3%)
15. Homicide (0.7%)
Yes, you are more likely to kill yourself than be killed by someone else.
If the goal is to save lives, why isn't Obama trying to ban french fries and cigarettes?
0.7% of deaths are homicides. 70% of those homicides are gang and drug related. Mass shootings like in Sandy Hook occur in gun-free zones.
Fast Food and Big Tobacco contribute to the deaths of over 2,200 Americans a day. If he really cares about saving many lives, he ought to stop focusing on guns.
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Health management is a personal choice, just look at the backlash over Bloomberg banning super-sized drinks in New York City. It's no secret that fast food and tobacco are bad for you, the government isn't hiding that. Some places (like NYC) actually do have laws that require restaurants to list the calorie amounts for their food--and people still buy those 1,000+ calorie burgers instead of healthier alternatives. The potential health risks that they face for those decisions are their own fault, not the government's. Obama can't put a salad in front of a person and make him/her eat it. You can't expect the government to fix every problem, sometimes individuals have to accept responsibility for themselves.
Also, Michelle Obama does have her "Let's Move" campaign. It might be aimed at children, but adults can learn from it too, so it's not like there's no attempt to make Americans healthier.1