“...Virtually never are murderers the ordinary, law-abiding people against whom gun bans are aimed. Almost without exception, murderers are extreme aberrants with lifelong histories of crime, substance abuse, psychopathology, mental retardation and/or irrational violence against those around them, as well as other hazardous behavior, e.g., automobile and gun accidents.”
by Don B. Kates




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graphics matter, year the sixth, part two

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 […]

graphics matter, year the fifth, part two

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): 


remember, people like @_NIKD_ vote

Occasionally, I am flat-out astonished at the mind-boggling ignorance of anti-rights cultists.  For example, take this gem:

 @_NIKD_: @Bloviate_Barbie @tazcat2011 @GH719 @wallsofthecity @Tomfreeusa | No, not necessarily. And robbery =/= assault. Mutually exclusive.

The person went on to rationalize that s/he was trying to make the argument that not all robberies include assault, but that is definitely not what s/he said.  Furthermore, to […]

a source exists, but the numbers do not

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 […]

it was going to happen eventually

Well, would you look at that – it would appear as though some enterprising young entrepreneurs scumbag burglars with an internet connection went and used The Journal News’ map of firearm owners to pick out their next target:

A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe.

At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue […]

that ugly "need" hydra

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 […]

open carry stops crime… again

Take a look at this story:

What happened next, to my mind, can only be attributed to the fact that I was OC.

As he drew parallel to me, he looked at me, looked at my firearm, looked at me again and stopped. He stared at me for about 5 seconds (I think) and I kinda stared back. He turned around and went back to the car, getting in the passenger seat. […]

that darn reality, always getting in the way

Myth: Just give them what they want and they won’t hurt you / and they’ll go away.

Reality: Give them what they want and they may shoot you anywise.

The five victims were sitting on a porch on the 4000 block of North Broad Street at about 3:15 a.m. when the two masked men, one with a revolver, told them to take off their shoes and lie down on the porch, […]

mark one for the good guys

Barron Barnett’s State Sponsored Criminal Count is spinning merrily along about as well as we all knew/feared it would, but sometimes, only sometimes, there is a faint glimmer of hope on the horizon:

Geoffrey Asher just returned home from buying auto parts, and after coming out of a shed where he stored the parts, a sheriff’s deputy was pointing a gun at him.

He didn’t know the deputy had […]

quote of the day – marko kloos

Yes, I know WizardPC beat me to this topic, but someone else saying what I am about to say has never stopped me from saying it before, so why start now?

I have previously explained my position that one’s property is a physical manifestation of one’s life, and thus a person forcibly depriving you of that property is, in effect, retroactively enslaving you, so it should come as no surprise […]

the very definition of “idiotic”*

Threatening generational warfare if anyone so much as looks at Social Security / Medicare / Medicaid with an eye towards salvaging the American economy.

Yes, because killing the people who are paying for your fat, dumb, and lazy ass’ retirement is obviously going to increase that program’s revenues!

Yes, because simply ignoring the fact that “mandatory” federal spending now exceeds federal revenues will obviously make that problem fix itself […]

graphics matter, external sources

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 […]

common sense and ‘gun-free zones’

When I attended Georgia Tech, there was a residential district – Homepark – just north of the campus where it was generally inadvisable to venture alone after dark, and the western edge of campus bordered on some stockyards and light industrial areas that were equally disadvised, but, aside from that, students generally did not feel uncomfortable or unsafe on-campus, even in the middle of the night. This feeling may very well have been born of […]

expanding the dataset

About a week back, I demonstrated that there is a negative correlation between firearm ownership rates and the rate of crimes committed with the assistance of firearms, which completely precludes the possibility of there being a causal relationship between the former and the latter – in short, firearms do not cause crime. But that conclusion was based solely off information from here in the United States, where the number of firearms has been […]

hat trick

One important thing for all firearm-carriers to remember is thankfully also quite simple: all handguns suck. No, this is not going to devolve into some 1911 vs. Glock debate, or something along those lines, but it is rather an honest observation regarding the relative efficacy of handguns, and handgun rounds, at stopping a threat – in short, they ain’t too great. To be certain, any kind of firearm – even a handgun – […]