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Response to Straw Man (Reply #92)

Wed Jun 26, 2019, 11:11 AM

93. strawker forgets gun control & decline in gun ownership rates

straw man posted: Experts attribute the decline {accidental gun deaths since 1980's} to a mix of gun safety education programs, state laws regulating gun storage in homes and a drop in the number of households that have guns. While the improvement occurred in every state, those with the most guns and the fewest laws continue to have the most accidental shooting deaths.

straw man remarked: One, two, three causal factors. Your favorite comes last. Care to comment?

I certainly will reply to your non sequitur; there is no weighting expressed nor implied in the above sentence's wording, since it clearly refers to a 'mix', with no quantification.
BTW, I have two favorites, 'state regulatory gun control' as well as the decline in gun ownership rates.
You do however make my point and rebut your own, from your previous post #15 when, unaware what the underlying reasons were for the decline, you wrote:

post 15 strawman: By the way, you are aware, I'm sure, that accidental shootings have fallen considerably since the 1980s, even as there are more and more guns in circulation. To what would you attribute that? Could it be ... safety training?

To some extent safety training, but per your source to some extent state laws regulating gun storage (aka GUN CONTROL) and a DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS WITH GUNS. As well as a decline in the number of personally owned firearms.

I also point out this from the LA Times article you posted (thanks so much, enjoyed the factoids):

While the improvement occurred in every state, those with the most guns and the fewest laws continue to have the most accidental shooting deaths

Example of gun control efforts improving a bad situation, in states that listen.

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