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The point of the analogy is that the data is skewed by design. If you look at a dataset that only tracks skydiving deaths and completely ignores all of the successful jumps you will be left with the false impression that parachutes cause skydiving deaths. Same goes with data on gun use, most of this data completely ignores incidents were a gun was not fired and the crime was stopped or otherwise averted. The data is skewed by design and makes it worthless.
This study lumped both 'first encounters' (can't think of a better term right now) with encounters based on previous arguments (gun fight at high noon). Those are very different types of gun crimes and should be treated differently. If both participants are armed and expecting a fight than neither should qualify as defensive use of a gun.
Their study assessed risk for being assaulted and then shot, a compound outcome event whose second element (being shot) is not inevitable given the first (being assaulted). Persons who were assaulted but not shot are not studied. We do not know whether any association between firearm possession and their outcome measure applies to assault, to being shot given an assault, or both.
Personally, I'm having a hearty laugh at these clowns in Washington, so scared of a dumb little assault rifle. They've probably never even SEEN a gunsword, and have no idea what a properly trained wielder can do with one.
How to argue against ineffective gun control without coming across like a paranoid pedantic asshole
My local paper printed a letter from someone who is supposed to be pro-gun but the letter is so full of bat shit crazy conspiracy nonsense that it ends up being pro gun control. Makes me wonder if the paper picked this letter on purpose because the paper is pro gun control.
Mew Milford Spectrum. Checked their online page and could not find the opinion piece I am refering to posted.
Reset the clock.
Reset the clock.Semiautomatic rifle found at the scene, AP is reporting.
Reset the clock.Semiautomatic rifle found at the scene, AP is reporting.Speaking of that, I heard the CT shooter had used hand guns, not the AR-15 pattern rifle originally reported. Any truth?
Reset the clock.Semiautomatic rifle found at the scene, AP is reporting.Speaking of that, I heard the CT shooter had used hand guns, not the AR-15 pattern rifle originally reported. Any truth? Pretty sure that's not the case. The only sources I could find for it were either conspiracy theory derp, or people asking if conspiracy theory derp was true.
I'm not sure, this MSNBC video seems to say only pistols were used. I'm not sure if there have been further updates since this though.
Wikipedia says that he used one of the handguns to shoot himself, which makes sense - I don't know much about guns, but shooting yourself in the head with an AR-15 sounds a lot harder than it's worth when you have a handgun.