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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Non-existent Link Between Gun Ownership and Homicide

You have probably heard from the gun ban lobby more times than you can count that states with higher gun ownership also have higher homicides committed with firearms.  They trot out studies to "support" their claims and the media regurgitate the talking points created.  There is a great article that explains the fake science behind these studies and provides us with the facts to refute the claims.  It is long, but well worth the read.  In short, here is how the gun ban lobby comes up with their findings:
One: They’re sneaking suicide in with the data, and then obfuscating that inclusion with rhetoric. This is the biggest trick I see in the media, and very few people seem to pick up on it. Suicide, numerically speaking, is around twice the problem homicide is, both in overall rate and in rate by gun.

Two: They’re cooking the homicide data.
The author goes on to fully explain both tactics and how it affects the numbers.  Then he wraps it all up by illustrating how they use the tainted data to come up with their claims.  Go click the link to the article above and read the entire piece.  It's well worth the time it will take.

Hat tip to Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned.

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