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graphics matter, year the fifth, part two

The immediately previous post addressed the fallacy that “more guns = more deaths” this one will address the hypothesis that “more guns = more ‘gun violence’”. 

All previous explanations and disclaimers apply, and like the immediately previous post, I will list my references here, just to stave off the inevitable genetic fallacies (well, not really, but definitely to make it easier to laugh at those who cling to them): 

- The starting point […]

graphics matter, year the fifth

It has been a while since I did one of these, but the CDC drags its feet in publishing data, so we did not end up missing that much. 

As with the last time, all previous disclaimers, details, and other important stuff still applies. 

Since the immediate, knee-jerk response from anti-rights cultists being pointed to this site is “ZOMG, that’s a RWNJ site!  Everything on it is WRONG!” (otherwise known as a genetic […]

graphics matter, year the fourth, part two

The hits just keep on coming for those poor benighted fools who still bitterly cling to the notion that "gun control" is the correct course of action. It is that time of the year again, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released their 2011 Uniform Crime Report; the highlights? 3.8% drop in violent crime from last year, and a 15.4% drop over the past five years, and all this despite (or, perhaps, because?) of […]

graphics matter – we do requests

Over the weekend, the below email came in from Miguel at Gun Free Zone:

Have you done a correlation/whatever is called between the number of guns in a country and the # murders and/or violent crimes?

The attachment is a list of countries and their number of guns according to the Small Arms Survey which the antis can’t bitch about because it is a group on their side. I used this wikipedia link to […]

graphics matter, year the fourth, updated, again

Thank God for my helpful readers.

Last time around, thanks to commenter TS, we were able to integrate importation numbers into the "graphics matter" series of posts, which only served to perforate the "more guns = more deaths" hypothesis even worse. Unfortunately, though, Shooting Industry Magazine rearranged their site sufficiently that some data was apparently lost, and I had to drop the 1981-1985 section of the graph due to not being able to adequately […]

graphics matter, year the fourth, updated

[Please disregard this post, and instead reference this updated version, which has more data.]

No, unfortunately, the FBI has not released a finalized version of their 2011 Uniform Crime Report (it is scheduled for September), so I cannot update the second half of this post series, but commenter TS brought up a very valid point on the 2009 update for the CDC side of this post: what about firearms imported into America? I actually had […]

graphics matter, year the fourth

[Please consider this updated version of this post, which has integrated firearm importation data as well as production numbers.]

Thanks to the newest preliminary FBI stats on crime coming out recently (the past pattern was replicated again: crime is down overall), I was reminded that I needed to check up on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and see if they had updated their WISQARS system to include fatal injury data from 2009; lo […]

graphics matter, fire support

Going a slightly different direction with the data, Barron Barnett has taken a look at the FBI UCR report and how it correlates to the Brady Campaign state "scores". Predictably enough, it does not:

While R2 has increased, it is still inconsequential and shows absolutely zero correlation over the entire data set. It is worth nothing though the overall score vs. crime trend has gone from being slightly negative to positive. By looking […]

graphics matter, year the third, part two

Hot on the heels of the CDC updating their information for 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finalized their 2010 Uniform Crime Report, and I am happy to announce the below update to last year’s "Graphics Matter, Part Two" post, including some changes to standardize the "graphics matter" series:

And now for the standard round of disclaimers:

1. Intellectual property: While all of this data is publicly available from the sources […]

graphics matter, year the third

Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have finally updated their WISQARS system to include fatal injury data from 2008*, I am happy to announce the below update to last year’s "Graphics Matter" post, including some slight changes prompted by viewer feedback:

This year, we are just going to start over with the disclaimers, and go at it from the top.

1. Intellectual property: While all of this data is […]

graphics matter

Presented without comment:

(United States murder rate data from Disaster Center / FBI UCR. England/Wales murder rate data from Home Office Statistical Bulletin; Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2008/2009; Table 1.01. Latter sourced by John Hardin.)

Debunking “more guns = more ‘gun violence’”:

The raw numbers of firearms in America correlated to the raw number of “crimes committed with firearms” with a coefficient of –0.45221, which indicates a negative correlation […]

graphics matter, external sources

As regular readers of this weblog are probably more than aware, I am quite fond of using relatively simple graphics to debunk long-standing myths adhered to by anti-rights nuts, including “more guns = more crime” and “more guns = more deaths“. However, no matter how simple and straightforward those graphics may be, they have always been supported by comprehensive research from authoritative sources, straightforward number-crunching that can be done by anyone with a copy of […]

graphics matter, year the second, part two

By now, even irregular readers of my weblog should be more than aware of my yearly posts documenting how the hypothesis “more guns = more deaths” is demonstrably false over recent American history, but today we are going to go a slightly different direction.

In a recent post, Joe Huffman positively shredded this asinine quote from Paul Helmke:

More guns mean more gun violence, sometimes intentional or sometimes accidental.

… and I pointed […]

graphics matter, year the second

At the request of John Hardin, last year’s chart comparing the number of firearms to the number of firearm-related deaths in America has been updated to take into account 2007’s numbers:

For the newcomers to the party, the same set of disclaimers applies as last time, with some updates and changes for the new year’s data:

1. Fitting it all together: I had to fiddle with orders of magnitude to get all […]

more graphics matter

Remember that cute little chart I made disproving the myth of “more guns = more deaths”? Yeah, Reputo went and showed me how it should have been done… in four separate parts, no less. His conclusion? “Gun control” legislation does not correlate to decreases in firearm-related deaths, nor does it correlate to decreases in firearm-related crime in general. Coincidentally, the economic situations of the years in question do correlate to both, and while that correlation […]

graphics matter

A few days ago, I demonstrated that the hypothesis of “more guns equal more deaths” is false, according to numbers accumulated by the CDC and BATFE. However, at the time, I presented that information in a text-heavy, long-winded post, and realized a short, sweet, simple summary might be appreciated by some folks (especially when attempting to use that information against hoplophobes and other anti-rights advocates).

As such, I would like to present you with this […]

2012, in review

It is that time of the year again… Just like all the previous posts like this one, I am using Google Analytics data, with the same warning that its numbers do not match the numbers generated by other statistics engines. Likewise, we will compare numbers against last year.

Absolute Unique Visitors: 94,843 (35% increase)

Visits: 174,805 (9% increase)

Peak Daily Visitors: 1,549 (23JAN12) (27% decrease)

Average Daily Visitors: 478.92 (9% increase)

Pageviews: 244,249 (not […]

“the truth”, now with a helpful table of contents

When writing “the truth about the truth about guns and robert farago”, I knew the post was going to be… well… massive, and it was.  Unfortunately, there was a lot of information to cover, and putting it all in one spot seemed like the ideal situation, so there was no way around it.  However, now that it is all out there, we need a better way to reference it in the future. 

Indirectly prompted […]

the truth about the truth about guns and robert farago

Unless you are prepared for a veritable skyscraper of text (over 9,000 words) and a serious airing of grievances, you should probably go ahead and plan on skipping this post.

That disclaimer dispensed with, here is how it is. Over the past few years, Robert Farago – the editor of The Truth About Guns – has functionally leeched off of, exploited, stabbed in the back, maligned, abused, lied about, misrepresented, stolen from, and infringed upon […]

show your work, michael luo

Even irregular readers of my weblog should be familiar with my "graphics matter" series of posts wherein I attempt to dispel the more-pernicious lies and misrepresentations of the anti-rights cultists by employing something understandable by everyone and threatening to no one – pretty pictures. However, unless you read into those posts and get into the nitty-gritty details of them, you may have overlooked something; to be specific, on those posts where actual number-crunching is necessary […]