PT111 wrote:That information was from the VPC and can be skewed however they need to get the information to come out. Exactly what is a "gun death?" Included are suicides, accidental shootings, gang activity, etc. And what year was that information gathered? Could it be that Louisiana just had hurricane Katrina shootings to skew the statistics and that's why they are at 19% instead of 12%? Gangs are prevelent in large cities that skew the statistics for the rest of the state. If gangs are dominating parts of major cities and are shooting it up with regularity, then it sounds more like a law enforcement issue than a gun ownership issue. Most of the gang members are illegally in possession of firearms in the first place.Louisiana, a state where 46 percent of households have a gun, has a gun death rate of 19 out of 100,000 people. Massachusetts has a rate about a fifth of that. Only 13 percent of households here have guns
The quote above was taken from the post linked above. I thought this would be better to have it own tread because I just want to know how you feel about the above comment. It sounds like a very interesting stat that the Brady Bunch can use but how does it play into real life? If someone in conversation were to hit you with that stat how would you reply?
One of the things I have found thatas much asanything else the socio-economic background determines crime rate.
Whether guns are available in those areas or not is irrelavent. People that choose to commit suicide will find other ways if guns are not available. Montana and Alaska are some of the leaders in gun ownership but they also lead the nation in suicides. Those statistics are included as a "gun death" by the violence policy center and bloat the statistics on purpose to serve their poor arguments.
Additionally, what the study doesn't describe with any detail or accuracy is that crime prevention of firearms from law-abiding citizens are in upwards of 2.5 million cases per year nationwide. That's a lot of murders, robberies, rapes, etc. that are prevented. I have been hearing these types of stats for over ten years and am not sure if it is true..
Bottom line is that anyone can make up statistics to serve their benefit..