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your government, hard at work

Why do I oppose firearm registrations?  Well, one of the many reasons is that the government cannot seem to keep track of the registries it has already. 

For those of you who do not follow me on the Book of Faces, I seem to have acquired employment, and hopefully start getting paid again on this coming Monday.  In order to facilitate that, my employer has to run background checks on me, as well as […]

unsurprisingly, i have never been polled

A (not so) recent post by Thirdpower reminded me of something I had been meaning to post about for a while now.

Consider every “poll” you see suspect until you can see the source data.

Yes, that is an unquestionably bold statement, but bear with me a moment. To begin with, only 9% of those people called actually comply with the pollsters. Nine percent. This problem compounds itself with the majority of the […]

you should read this guy

After almost two years of absence, Reputo is back, and is hard at work making up for my laziness regarding statistics and hard numbers. First off, he looks at the actual monetary costs of the various school-safety solutions floated thus far, then the costs in terms of crime, and finally the specious notion that saving one life is worth any cost, closing with a positively epic quote:

Some like to point to England with […]

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, 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 […]

safe extrapolations

The plural of “anecdote” is not “data”, but considering that the “gun control” extremists have neither, take this for whatever it is worth.

This past Thursday, I purchased my first gun safe from our local Academy – a Cannon Scout 21* (or the Academy-specific variant, given that some details are different), at a much better price than is quoted online. About a month ago, I tried to purchase a similar, smaller safe from the […]

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 […]

patching your updates

Do you use an HTC Incredible on Verizon? Been letting it automatically update? Do yourself a favor, click Menu -> Settings -> About Phone -> Software Information, and take a look at the "Android version" and "Software number" – if the former is showing "2.3.4" and the latter is showing you anything lower than 4.08.605.2, and, specifically, 4.06.###.#, your phone is "broken" (by some definition of the word), and needs to be fixed.

The […]

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 […]

the documented failure of the brady handgun violence prevention act

Now that my newest version of my "graphics matter" series is up and running, I get to participate in the yearly, "Address comments/concerns/questions/etc. that were already covered in the post if people had bothered to actually read it."

Yay me.

However, one thing I do want to address as a separate post, primarily because it keeps coming up, is the myth that the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was responsible for the precipitous […]

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 […]

open carry. concealed carry. it does not matter.

I know I have touched on this in the past, but it would seem as though now is a good time to refresh it in everyone’s minds.

I believe in freedom. Right up until your actions can be factually proven to detrimentally affect another person, against their will, in some specific and demonstrable fashion, you should be free to do whatever it is your little heart desires. This is not a matter of potentialities […]

rights are called rights for a reason

I know I spend a lot of time generating up pretty pictures, and I know I spend a lot of time discussing the merits of firearm ownership, and I know I spend a lot of time debunking the idiotic and bigoted arguments of the anti-rights nuts, and I know I collect a lot of interesting and useful statistics, arguments, and quotes to support the side of the pro-rights activists in America, but there is one […]