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Are firearm murders a significant statistic?

Sharp As A Marble links to an article by an economist-type, analyzing statistics involving firearms, shooting, homicide, accidents and similar light subjects.

From the article linked…

As someone recently said, we don’t need gun control, we need idiot control.  Not sure how we control the idiots, but I’m sympathetic to the idea.  Statistically though, the number of firearm murders per year simply doesn’t justify any renewed call for banning or restricting the sale or possession of firearms.

Summed up by Robb Allen…

We have facts, history, and reality on our side. They have emotionally driven hysteria, misunderstanding, and dick jokes.

That’s part of why we win.

Please visit the link above for the particulars.

Wishing my friend Mark Bell were here to do that.  He loved The Economist.

h/t Robb Allen, Bruce McQuain

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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11 thoughts on “Are firearm murders a significant statistic?

  1. Murder a firearm?

    I know a few people who tricked out their silly rifles until they are nearly useless… but that’s just abuse, not murder. :)

    Posted by MamaLiberty | August 14, 2012, 8:15 am
  2. I wonder how much lower the percentage would go if they kicked out the numbers of inter-gang gun murders by gang-bangers?

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | August 14, 2012, 8:49 am
  3. The first headline I saw re: yesterday’s shooting in Texas called it “another massacre.” Strange how that headline disappeared when the death toll was three people instead of a dozen or more. The only thing the headline didn’t say was “Tea Bagger Murders Entire Neighborhood.” Grrrr.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | August 14, 2012, 9:32 am
    • I do find it disturbing that it appears so many of these events happen when that ‘issue’ appears in the Congress. Am I paranoid?

      Posted by guffaw | August 14, 2012, 10:02 am
    • Actually the most disturbing thing was the inane attemp to somehow link it to Texas A&M (it was a block away from the football stadium which is at the edge of the campus) – as in making it yet another ‘campus massacre’. That fits in with their meme that ‘something’ needs to be done about school shootings.

      Does anyone have info on the body count in shykago or deetroit for yesterday?

      Posted by GomeznSA | August 14, 2012, 1:21 pm
  4. Things like this always remind me of the attempt to ‘justify’ the ‘assault’ weapon ban in kalyfornia about 2 decades ago – the hoplophobes tried to use the state statistics to ‘prove’ that the use of ‘assault’ weapons was incredibly high – problem was when they compiled the statistics, firearms use in assaults was near the bottom of the weapon used category and ‘assault’ weapons was way down on the type of firearm used category. As I recall it was something on the order of .16% overall. The antis tried to bury the actual statistics in favor of emotional appeals………………….

    Posted by GomeznSA | August 14, 2012, 1:29 pm
  5. We ‘may’ be winning, but every new law takes away another ‘freedom’… Just sayin…

    Posted by Old NFO | August 14, 2012, 5:22 pm
  6. Yeah Old NFO is right. We are winning, but those emotional arguments sometimes make a dent. People don’t like to think they just like to feel and then react.

    Posted by A Girl And Her Gun (@agirlandhergun) | August 16, 2012, 9:04 am

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