Will This Science Finally Settle The Gun Control Debate?

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If you’ve ever had a discussion with someone about any emotionally-charged topic, you know that people have an amazing ability to “interpret” information in any way which they can twist to support their irrational thinking. This problem seems to be doubly true when it comes to the issue of gun control.

Yet, it’s important to bring out the facts so that, on the rare occasion when someone can calm down enough to think rationally, they can actually have an opportunity to evaluate the truth. And what is that truth? Well, once again, we find an honest academic saying what we have been saying all along: gun control doesn’t save lives. AWR Hawkins gives us the details:

LaGrange College professor John A. Tures cross-examined various figures on gun crime and found that homicide rates are not markedly different for states with gun control for private sales versus states without.

He did this as a project with his students, wherein they examined a study that provided an overview of findings from a wide spectrum of angles and political persuasions, including findings that are considered nonpartisan. These findings included figures from The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the NRA-ILA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the Ledger Enquirer, Tures was initially persuaded that “the average gun-related homicide rate per 100,000 people among gun control states (3.31) was lower than those with no regulation of private gun sales (4.28).” Then he realized that an error exists in the way figures from certain states are tallied.

For example, “Two gun control states, and nine gun rights states, had too few gun homicides to calculate a rate, and were left out of the study.”  So Tores and hist students created an extra table for the study, adding in the figures that had been left out of the original. The result was “that there was little to no difference in the results” between gun control states and states with more relaxed gun laws.

Tores wrote: “We cannot conclude that states that regulate private gun sales have a higher, or lower, gun homicide rate.”

It’s worth commending this professor for having the integrity to review the data with a careful eye and realize and correct those errors before coming to his conclusion.

Now, we already knew that his conclusion was the truth because we’ve seen this over and over and over, but we need to keep calmly putting this information forward to anti-gun people so that when they occasionally come out of their emotionalism about the subject, they can have a chance to evaluate the facts and realize the truth.

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  1. This debate cannot be put to rest simply because of the “emotionalism” infused into the equation via media input. The media sensationalizes homicides involving firearms, yet merely “reports” on those committed by other means. Why is that? Is it the furtherance of a larger agenda, or is it because it is unhealthy for the national psyche to come to grips with the reality that there are those among us who willingly kill another human by whatever means is available; said means being much more personal and, by far, messier. But that would mean we would have to delve into the perpetrators’ psychological motivations, and those are, conveniently, by law, private.
    Perhaps a better study might involve asking inmates convicted of firearm homicides, if they would have killed had a gun not been available and, if not, how they would have done it?

  2. Bravo. This study / information needs to be made as public as possible and directed to the main stream population and media as often as possible. Thank you for your objectivism. Mike M.

  3. I find it very unlikely that these statistics very left out for any other reason than to doctor the figures to suit the anti gun crowd. We know that there are many documented instances where the numbers were cooked to fit the anti gun agenda. For instance while traveling I saw a sign claiming that a child was killed very few seconds by guns. I do not remember the numbers now, but I do know that I took a calculator and ran the numbers. The death rate would have been in the millions per year. That is the kind of lies the anti gun idiots spout, and people without a mind of their own believe them. We do not need more gun laws. We need politicians that will enforce the serviceable laws that are on the books, and have some common sense. Both have been in short supply in the past few years, and not only in the democrat party. The RINOs are as much to blame as anyone else. Think before you vote, and screw the party, vote to strengthen the USA.

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