Gun ownership[ edit ] The Congressional Research Service in estimated there were million firearms in the U. Of these, million were handguns, million were rifles, and 86 million were shotguns. Gallup polling has consistently shown two-thirds opposition to bans on handgun possession.
Posted on January 6, by Scott Alexander [Epistemic status: Content warning for discussion of suicide, murder, and race] I. There was a mass shooting — this time, in San Bernardino, California. And once again on Sunday, President Barack Obama called for measures that make it harder for would-be shooters to buy deadly firearms.
The research on this is overwhelmingly clear. No matter how you look at the data, more guns mean more gun deaths.
Vox does the same thing here and here Gun deaths are a combined measure of gun homicides and gun suicides. Here is a graph of guns vs. And here is a graph of guns vs. The relationship between gun ownership and homicide is weak and appears negativethe relationship between gun ownership and suicide is strong and positive.
The entire effect Vox highlights in their graph is due to gun suicides, but they are using it to imply conclusions about gun homicides. I am not the first person to notice this.
And Robert VerBruggen of National Review does the same analysis decomposing gun deaths into suicides and homicides, and like me finds no correlation with homicides.
German Lopez of Vox responds here. This is true, although given that Vox has done this time and time again for months on end and all VerBruggen is doing is correctly pointing out a flaw in their methods, it feels kind of like an isolated demand for rigor.
Lopez suggests the ones at the Harvard Injury Control Research Centerwhich has done several statistical analyses of gun violence.
They list two such analyses comparing gun ownership versus homicide rates across US states: This study does indeed conclude that higher gun ownership rates are correlated with higher murder rates after adjusting for confounders. Furthermore, even after adjusting for confounders it finds in several age categories that higher gun ownership rates are correlated with higher non-gun homicide rates eg the rates at which people are murdered by knives or crowbars or whatever at p less than 0.
This is really suspicious! Unless guns are exerting some kind of malign pro-murder influence that makes people commit more knife murders, some sort of confounding influence has remained. The study gets its murder rate numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics, which seems like a trustworthy source.
This makes some intuitive sense. Among people who want to commit suicide, suppose a fixed percent prefer to use guns compared to other methods. In that case, the determining factor for whether or not they use a gun will be whether or not they have a gun. Hospitals diligently record statistics about suicide victims including method of suicide, so if our assumption holds this should be a decent proxy for gun ownership within a state.A school shooting is an attack at an educational institution, such as a school or university, involving the use of a firearm(s).Incidents that involve four or more deaths are also categorized as mass shootings.
According to studies, factors behind school shooting include family dysfunction, lack of family supervision, and mental illness. Many aspects of the gun control issue are best measured and sometimes can only be measured through surveys, but the accuracy of such surveys depends upon respondents providing truthful answers to questions that are sometimes controversial and potentially incriminating.
Thus, Just Facts uses this data critically, citing the best-designed surveys we find, detailing their inner workings in our. Support-A-Soldier.
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The Second Amendment of the United States allows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". We have been working diligently to combat violent crime in our city.
What happened on Sunday morning was the epitome of senseless violence: in the course of about an hour, one suspect killed three people in three different places and shot two more in South Kansas City and Raytown.
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Three Keys to School Safety and Gun Violence Prevention.
None of the other events included in the gun-control group’s count feature more than one injury, most featured no injuries at all, and one involved a BB gun being shot at a school bus window. Guests blame ‘crazy’ people for gun violence at CNN town hall, ignore facts Those with mental health issues are 10 times more likely to become victims of violent crimes. The effectiveness and safety of guns used for personal defense is debated. Studies place the instances of guns used in personal defense as low as 65, times per year, and as .
yet there is a huge shortage of school counselors, school social workers and school psychologists in public education.