Monday, January 30, 2012

The Numbers May Shock You...

The purpose of these numbers is not to belittle any of the atrocities listed below, for the death of any innocent person is a tragedy. Instead, the numbers are given to help give perspective on size and scope.

25 million - worldwide HIV-related deaths since start of outbreak to 2009 [Source]
5.9 million - Jews killed in the Holocaust [Source]
5 million - non-Jews killed in the Holocaust [Source]
3 million - deaths related to the Crusades from 1095-1291 [Source]
2.5 million - US military dead and wounded from all US wars combined [Source]
2.5 million - deaths from the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia [Source]
2.4 million - deaths by any cause in the US in 2009 (excepting abortion) [Source]
1.5 million - deaths from human sacrifice by Aztecs 1300-1521 [Source]
1 million - deaths in the Soviet Gulag from 1934-1953 [Source]
800,000 - deaths in Rwandan genocide [Source]
230,000 - deaths in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami [Source]
145,000 - immediate deaths from atomic bombings of Hiroshima/Nagasaki [Source]
5,000 - number executed by the Spanish Inquisition from 1560-1700 [Source]
4,743 - number of lynchings in US from 1882-1968 [Source]
2,996 - deaths in September 11th, 2011 terrorist attacks [Source]
1,278 - number of executions (capital punishment) in the US since 1976 [Source]
916 - deaths from SARS worldwide from November 2002 to August 2003 [Source]
25 - deaths from Salem Witch Trials [Source]

49,989,958 - TOTAL of all the above

50,000,000 - abortions in the US from 1973-2008 [Source]
43,800,000 - abortions worldwide in 2008 alone [Source]

Lord have mercy.


  1. Lord have mercy indeed. I've heard the numbers before but seeing it laid out like this makes the impact that much greater. Thanks for sharing this. I'll have to link back here once I update my blog again.

    Jessica E.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! It truly puts into perspective the horror we have all come to accept as routine and perfectly acceptable. We kill based on a person's address. If it is outside the womb, you are safe. If it is inside the womb, you are fair game. Ei mihi! Domine, misere nobis!

    1. A comment outside the womb won't necessarily be safe for long:

    2. I was commenting and my brain replaced the word 'address' with 'comment'. Oops.

  3. I'm assuming the 2.4 million deaths by any cause in the US in 2009 doesn't include the 1.2 million abortions in the US that year.

  4. kkollwitz,
    Yes, that's right, the 2.4 million number does not include abortion. And yes, when you remember that there are about 1.2 million abortions a year, it's astounding that if abortions were added, the number of death per year would go up by 50%. Fully 1/3 of all deaths in this country are from abortion. Astounding.

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  6. Brantly,

    Have you addressed the myth of overpopulation? I shared this post on facebook and that seemed to be the consensus of frieds who commented.... "better not to have 100mil+ people on earth given all the problems"

  7. Philip,
    Whether or not overpopulation is a myth (and I think it is), it is still wrong to murder! It's astounding how far the culture of death has made inroads.

  8. Re overpopulation, can any culture survive a contraceptive worldview?

  9. The list of deaths is valuable. However there are at least two omissions.

    One - The Holodomor, a man-made famine deliberately caused by the Soviets in the Ukrainian SSR between 1932 and 1933 killed between 2.4 and 7.5 million.

    Two - About 1.5 million Irish were starved to death in the period 1846-1851. During these years Ireland produced enough food, flax and wool not only to feed and clothe its nine million people, but enough for eighteen million. The deaths from starvation were not caused by a shortage of food but by the British government’s choice not to close the ports, which were exporting food, as had been done in previous Irish crop blights.
    Though lists like this often ignore it there was an Irish Genocide which went on for centuries in which the British killed uncounted millions of the Irish.
    Incidentally, most of the slaves brought to the new world by Britain in the 17th century were Irish.

  10. Hey Anon,
    The list wasn't at all supposed to be an exhaustive list of bad things in history, but just a list of things to help provide a sense of proportion to numbers of abortion