Last year’s edition of this post adequately explained the methods and reasons behind this post, so feel free to skim it if you need a refresher. The sources remain the same: FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports for 2014 (documenting, well, crime) Centers for Disease Control (providing the population of the US) Small Arms Survey of 2003 (I … Continue reading graphics matter, part two, 2017 edition
“More data more better” is pretty much the rule when it comes to statistics, so I try to update the “graphics matter” series every year or so as my various sources update their data sets. I missed a year somewhere in there, but I am happy to bring you the new, improved, examination of whether … Continue reading graphics matter, 2017 edition
As previously demonstrated, the hypothesis of “more guns = more deaths” not only is not true, but cannot be true historically in the United States. Despite that simple fact, “gun control” supporters still bitterly cling to the irrational notion that firearms are naught but the tools of murder and mayhem. So let us humor them for … Continue reading graphics matter, part three
Now that we have shown that the hypothesis “more guns = more ‘gun deaths’” cannot be true in America, what about on an international scale? Well, this is where things get really complicated. Not all countries keep good records of their respective murders, much less their respective firearm ownership, so we are going to have to … Continue reading graphics matter, international edition
Now that we have dispensed with the myth that “more guns = more gun deaths”, what about the second-most-favorite talking point of the “gun control” movement: “more guns = more ‘gun violence’“? Well, the first problem is what, exactly, is “gun violence”? For simplicity’s sake, and for the sake of actually finding relevant data, I … Continue reading graphics matter, part two
One of the favorite myths of “gun control” advocates is that as the number of firearms in Americans’ hands increases, so too does the number of firearm-related deaths increase. Superficially, this seems to make sense, and thus it is an appealing fiction to buy into. Fortunately, the actual data proves the hypothesis to be false. … Continue reading graphics matter
A very few folks have been making a lot of noise recently about how “gun control” – and specifically firearm-related deaths – is a “health issue”. Unfortunately, the analogy falls flat on its face straight out of the gate simply because we only have some, if any, control over the current leading causes of death in … Continue reading is “gun control” a “health issue”?
According to the United States Census Bureau’s Population Clock, there were 317,474,097 people in America at the end of 2013. Based on polls conducted by CBS News, the General Social Survey, Gallup, ABC News, The Washington Post, and CNN, it seems safe to conclude that at least a third of all Americans own a firearm, … Continue reading putting firearm owners in perspective