Wednesday, October 6, 2010

No Correlation in Canada

I love gun control advocates. I really do. Pretty much every time they argue for it, it gives me more information to argue against them, particularly when they don't bother reading the reports they cite as 'proof'.

Case in point. An alleged Canadian claimed that gun control there reduced crime. She cited a report from statistics Canada that was very carefully written to support that claim with nice charts right in front showing decreasing deaths by firearms and marks to the various laws enacted.

Two problems:

1) The suicide deaths by firearms were decreasing before the various gun control schemes were enacted. A weak correlation at best.

2) The rate of firearm homicides did decrease. In proportion the the decline in homicides overall. "the share of homicides in which a firearm was used remained
fairly stable over the entire period"
. No correlation there at all.

So for all their attempts to maintain the myth that gun control works, their own numbers show different.

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1 comment:

Weer'd Beard said...

Not to mention that whole
"Gun Death" thing.

It does little good if 100 less people are shot, and 100 more people are stabbed.