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, and specifically murders, robberies, and assaults where firearms were employed. As before, this series has been around for a while, so if you have questions, they […]
According to his Facebook page and now-closed Twitter account, Adam Mermer is 42 years old, a present resident of Boston, Massachusetts, and unsurprisingly single. Predictably, he somewhat vociferously supports the Patriots, though I do not at all understand his liking of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged. He used to work at Burque Jewelers a few years ago (which he apparently inherited from his father – only notable on account of how happy he seems to […]
On account of me potentially fumble-fingering the last version, and new yearly data being available, here is an updated version of the last one:
If anyone has any data from England and Wales that goes farther back than 1967, I would appreciate it – I have data on the US going back to 1960, but I want to compare equivalent time spans. The intersection point of those two trendlines is now about 40 […]
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 […]
… All for the damning reason of daring to exercise your Constitutionally-protected rights.
By now, everyone has heard about the incident in Arizona where a firearm “instructor” paid the ultimate price for his own negligence. It is unfortunate that someone is dead, but it is doubly unfortunate that a nine-year-old girl now has to suffer with the knowledge of having killed someone for the rest of her life.
Make no mistake – I […]
One of the favorite tactics of anti-rights cultists is to loudly point to the differences in murder rates between the United States and once-Great Britain, and proclaim that the latter’s significantly lower murder rate is due to their draconian and oppressive "gun control"… despite the complete and utter lack of any evidence of causality (see "correlation != causation").
This is all good and well… except for the small detail that none of the released […]
… Because I could not and would not bring myself to obey the orders of a Commander-in-Chief who has decided he can arbitrarily murder American citizens without benefit of due process, trial by jury, or any other quaint, Constitutionally-protected rights.
I am quite serious about that. Were I still active duty today, I would be drawing up my resignation paperwork and submitting it for the earliest date my contract would allow.
And lest […]
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.
A few months ago, I happened to have a rather… interesting*… conversation with the warped and benighted mind behind the Twitter account of @1StopCity. A recurring theme in this particular conversation is that unless you have a particular "need" for something or to do something, you have absolutely no right to that thing or to do that thing, or, in his very own words, "Odds against you "needing" a gun negate your right to own […]
By now, you all are probably aware of the story of the 12-year-old girl perforating the home-intruder through the bathroom closet door, but have you heard her response to the incident?
"When I had the gun, I didn’t think I was actually going to have to shoot somebody," the 6th grader recalled. "I think it’s going to change me a whole lot, knowing that I can hold my head up high and nothing can […]
Do not expect much of a post from me about the shooting at the school in Newtown, CT last Friday; I, for one, do not believe in using the blood of victims as a fuel to further my political goals, unlike your average "gun control" fetishist. My thoughts and prayers are unquestionably with the families of those killed in this horrific crime, though, and if you do want something to read, you should read this. […]
(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.)
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 get […]
Killing a United States Ambassador, at his consulate no less, is an act of war. Period. Dragging his corpse through town (graphic image warning) is simply a shining example of the depravity of these people.
Rioters storming an embassy, taking down its flag, and burning that flag is an act of war. The United States Department of State apologizing for people hurting the “feelings” of radical Islamics is simply a shining example of the […]
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I could have told them this:
The study, which just appeared in Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence." Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun […]
"Gun control" extremists are happiest when innocent people are murdered by criminals using firearms – after all, there will be more victims’ stories to exploit, more victims to sock-puppet as figureheads, more opportunities for appeals to emotion, more donations from people who think throwing money at astroturf will somehow convince criminals to stop being criminals, and more "proof" that guns are the root of all evil in society and thus must be destroyed. In reality, […]