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Response to friendly_iconoclast (Reply #36)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 05:53 PM

39. Did you read either of those studies? Or are you not interested in what actual social scientists...

...have to say about the issue.

I'm always curious about how statistically illiterate the NRA crowd really is. Are they really incapable of understanding that there are multiple factors that affect crime rates, so the fact that over a certain period of time gun sales and homicide rates moved in different directions doesn't disprove the fact that they are linked. For example, poverty rates increased in the 2000s, while crime rates dropped. Would you insist that that proves that there is no link between crime and poverty? I hope not.

Anyway, if you look at the data at a more granular level, at the state and county level, you find, as those studies did, that higher rates of gun ownership are in fact associated with higher rates of homicide, gun homicide specifically.

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