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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]