Thursday, December 16, 2004

We'll get to it after we finish studying global warming

More Study Needed to Settle Gun Debate - Report

"No one has done the right studies to prove whether gun ownership laws increase or decrease crime, or whether the tens of thousands of gun deaths in the United States each year could be prevented by gun control, a committee of experts said on Thursday. "Few topics engender more controversy than 'gun control,"' a National Research Council committee of experts on criminal justice, psychology, education, statistics and sociology said in a report.

"One theme that runs throughout our report is the relative absence of credible data central to addressing even the most basic questions about firearms and violence." They found that for virtually any subject involving guns, there were conflicting studies that could support one argument or the other. But none really answered the key questions.

"Each year tens of thousands of people are injured and killed by firearms; each year firearms are used to defend against and deter an unknown number of acts of violence; and each year firearms are widely used for recreational purposes."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2002 there were 30,242 firearms-related deaths, of which nearly 12,000 were considered homicides and 17,000 were considered suicides."

Japan: 0.6% Households w/firearms; 0.07 Intentional gun deaths per 100K
England: 4.0%; 0.4
Spain: 13.1%; 0.74
Germany: 8.9%; 1.44
Canada: 26.0%; 3.95
Finland: 50.0%; 6.65
USA: 41.0%; 13.47

Yeah, I don't see any relationship at all here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well sure -- the statistical correlation is incredibly strong. But that's just because the Japanese are peaceful civilized folks, and the Finns are a war-like race who bombed Pearl Harbor and...

Remember: guns don't kill people. Bullets fired from guns kill people.

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