Consider this. About half as many people as are murdered by guns still die of HIV/AIDS in America every year. Bet you didn't know that. Certainly if you depend on the media you didn't know it.
On average, around eleven thousand to thirteen thousand are murdered by guns each year, give or take. The most of the rest that fill out that oft repeated 'Guns kill 30,000 a year!' stat that gets thrown around come from suicide. A relatively small number comes from accidental killings. For as many as own guns, accidental shooting deaths are almost non-existent compared to, say, death from automobile accidents.
Nonetheless, HIV/AIDS continues to kill around six thousand a year, thereabouts. That's those who die as a direct result of HIV/AIDS. About that same amount who have HIV/AIDS die every year, but we don't know the exact relation to their disease and what, if any part, their HIV/AIDS had to do with their deaths.
One thing I admire about the Orthodox is that they say it like it is, not like it ain't. When asked about HIV/AIDS and the whole sex and drugs culture, an Orthodox bishop responded with a polite version of 'Well duh. Of course there is a direct connection.' HIV/AIDS is overwhelmingly spread by sexual promiscuity, recreational drug use and, of course, disproportionately by male homosexual sexuality. And if you got HIV/AIDS some other way, there is an almost overwhelming likelihood that it came from someone who contracted it by way of sex or drugs.
I have no doubt that, in ages to come, our refusal to re-calibrate our hedonistic approach to sexuality and drugs, despite the clear and obvious connection to HIV/AIDS (as well as other catastrophic effects it has on people and society), will be one of many things for which we are brutally, and justly, condemned. Though our guilt could be mitigated by the fact that our press, that makes gun violence into the next holocaust, and less than a dozen unarmed black men shot by police officers in a year into the next genocide, has gone out of its way to cover up, ignore, and suppress the fact that thousands continue to die from a disease that has no business existing.