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 [...]
In a previous post, I indicated that I was not aware that the FBI published crime statistics on a county-by-county basis. Thankfully, due to some helpful pointers, I have discovered that the UCR is broken out by county online.
However, the system does not break out firearm-related crime statistics by themselves; instead, it only tracks violent crime as a whole, and murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault individually.
This recent Black Friday – the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving wherein Americans try to commercialize Christmas as hard and as fast as they can – apparently set a new all-time record for the number of NICS checks in America:
Tell me again how the "gun culture" is dying – I need something to laugh at.
Additionally, I would like to correct something the NSSF article said, and add to it a bit [...]
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 [...]
To get to Mount Le Conte Lodge – the establishment we recently spent the night at – one must first traverse somewhere between 5 and 8 miles of single-track trails through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As with all National Parks, the trails and area are remarkably separated from the rest of the world, to the point where you are much farther from civilization than the "as the crow flies" distances would indicate, and, [...]
On the one hand, the Center for Disease Control would really like you to be ready to handle your family’s continued health and wellbeing during natural disasters or regional/national emergencies, to the point of even fully embracing the zombie meme. This makes all kinds of sense, simply because the federal, state, and local government cannot take care of every single person in a disaster zone – transportation is a bear, getting the materials to the [...]