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Response to jimmy the one (Reply #96)

Fri Jul 5, 2019, 02:49 AM

97. It took you a while ...

... to get to the ad hominem, but what you lacked in promptness you made up for with virulence.

Feel free to malign me and my motives to your heart's content, but please don't misrepresent what I said.

you simply tried to foist upon readers an alternate reality that it was due to increased gun owner's safety training measures alone

I never said that it was "alone," nor did I deny the other causal factors. What I did say was that the source placed your pet causal factor -- decline in the number of gun-owning households -- last in what I assume to be an order of importance, based on standard journalistic practice. In all of your bluster, you seem to have honestly misinterpreted or deliberately misquoted me. I'll give you the courtesy of assuming it was the former. Why, I don't know -- I guess I'm just feeling charitable.

Furthermore, how dare you assign priority when your own LA Times article had this to say about it, acknowledging they do not know which reason the more influential:

Researchers say uncertainty over what is driving the decline also stems from a lack of federal funding to study the issue. In 1996, the Republican-controlled Congress passed the so-called Dickey Amendment, which stipulated that money appropriated to the CDC could not “be used to advocate or promote gun control.” The provision remains in place.

The very uncertainty to which they refer would undermine anyone's determination of priority -- yours as well as mine. And let me remind you that the Dickey Amendment only denies funding to studies whose goal is "advocacy" rather than pure research. Science that starts with an agenda and looks for data to support it is junk science.

You claim to be able to do something that the authors of the article cannot: determine to a certainty what the prime cause for the decline in firearms deaths is. Your flurry of random statistics is about as persuasive as a crystal ball.

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