This post’s predecessor addressed the theory of “more guns = more deaths” and demonstrated it to be factually incorrect. However, it included all possible “gun deaths” – suicide, self-defense, justifiable homicides, murders, etc. – while this post will focus exclusively in crimes committed with the assistance of a firearm – i.e. “gun violence” – and specifically murders, robberies, and assaults where firearms were employed. As before, this series has been […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
I do so love it when people take one of my very few good ideas and put them into practice, and, yes, I do mean that quite literally without a shred of sarcasm implied or stated.
Everyone knows my particular fondness for pretty pictures to simplify and express otherwise complicated concepts, but I will freely admit that I exclusively focus on things that are specifically of interest to me, and I only […]
Given my rather public love affair with pretty pictures, at least when it comes to demonstrating / illustrating / explaining concepts and arguments that might otherwise be rather difficult to express, it should come as no surprise that I thoroughly approve of this series of posts written by George at Newbie Shooter:
Examining the data:
Running the numbers:
Regular readers should be intimately familiar with my belief that, in general, people tend to learn better through pictures than through explanations. Of course, given my occasional wall-o’-text posts, I frequently fail at applying that belief to real-world scenarios, but, in my defense, I have crafted more than a few posts showing the failure of "gun control" graphically rather than textually.
Today’s exercise in visual learning, however, comes by way of […]