Surprise! Anti-Gun Study Misleads By Intentionally “Misinterpreting” The Data

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I really dislike calling people liars. Many times when people say things that are incorrect, it’s simply because those people made a mistake. It was unintentional. It was an accident.

However, I’ve seen enough misrepresentation when it comes to studies supporting gun control that I’m having difficulty thinking that any of those errors are actually mistakes. No, they’re so common, it’s becoming difficulty to think that pro gun control research is anything but an intentional lie.

Case in point, a study conveniently included 21 year old adults in with their statistics about children. What did this do? Why, it skyrocketed the death rates among “children,” as you would expect. Elizabeth McGuigan writes,

It seems every public health journal is obligated to publish one junk-science article on kids and guns per year. The latest is a “study” published in Pediatrics called “State Gun Laws and Pediatric Firearm-Related Mortality.” It is in the headlines, and it is a mess.

Through a series of deliberately terrible study design choices, the authors conclude that there are fewer children dying from firearm-related causes in states with more gun control laws.

The study falls into the same trap that we have seen so many times before. The authors choose to count as “children,” anyone from 0-21 years old. No one would be surprised to hear that the study finds most of the firearm deaths are due to assaults among 18-21-year-old male African Americans. As the authors state, “The majority of firearm-related deaths were assault related (61.6%) and occurred among males (87.3%) and 18- to 21-year-old individuals (68.7%).” So why lump toddlers in with adult assault victims? It’s simple. There’s fortunately not much of a story for the rest of children.

The last line there gives you the real story of what is going on with that study. Very few children are injured or killed by firearms. That is a very good thing, but it means that anti-gunners can’t use the real data to say that they want gun control to protect the children (remember, many people have a knee jerk emotional reaction when something is “for the children” regardless of whether or not the action will make any difference at all).

So, gun control advocates manipulate data to make the data lie so that they can say we want “commonsense gun control” to protect the children.

These “researchers” aren’t looking for the truth. They are looking for a lie to support their agenda and manipulating data is just another one of their methodologies. And this is why you need to dig deeper into any research that people claim shows that gun control makes a positive difference in the world. You will find every single time that the research methodology is bad, and, therefore, the conclusions of the study are a lie.

Don’t buy into the lie.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for reporting the truth. Thank you for the all the stories you report on. Keep up the good work. 10 STARS

  2. Sounds just like all the data they use to manipulate and influence public opinion on global warming or climate change or whatever they call it now. A simple rule to follow when reading these “facts” is: if it comes from the left, it’s sure tobe lies!

    • Enough liberals are brain dead and fail to have any original thought that this crap still “sells” quite profitably… either in actual cash or in the advancement of an agenda.

  3. Who commissioned this study? Oh yes, a PEDIATRIC JOURNAL. Which one? Yes, these Gun-Controlling Sycophants want to make LEGAL LAW ABIDING Citizens look bad. SOOOooo, what do they do? The take a study and include GANG-BANGERS, DOMESTIC TERRORISTS and just PLAIN OL’ THUGS in their “study” of “children” to INFLUENCE the OUTCOME that they are ATTEMPTING to PROVE. Prove WHAT?? They are trying to prove that GUNS ARE BAD. They, however, IGNORE the REALITY and FACT that the PERPETRATOR IS the RESPONSIBLE individual for using a TOOL inappropriately!

  4. A book that I bought decades ago, “Fighting Handguns”, by Jeff Cooper also confirms your excellent article. Before guns were invented, bullies with superior strength would have their way because of their superior strength. After guns arrived, the banditry, bullying, rapine, pillaging and other evil deeds enjoyed by the physically strong at the expense of the weak became risky. An aged merchant or frail girl could blow the attacker’s head off. The statement that civilization exists because of guns is absolutely true.

  5. One can make a study “say” whatever they like when they set the parameters…
    Just as they can with a “poll” when they decide whom to poll.
    In today’s “journalism”, the “stories” are generally just that. A story seldom containing unbiased fact, but ripe with opinion and agenda.

  6. ALL THE GUN CONTROL PEOPLE OUT THERE, DO YOU THINK BANNING ALL THE FIREARMS IS GOING TO MAKE THIS A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE, THINK AGAIN. THINK NAZI GERMANY, RED CHINA, RUSSIA,NORTH KOREA, WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN ANY ONE OF THOSE COUNTRIES?? IF SO I’M SURE YOU COULD GO THERE TO LIVE AND BE HAPPY THAT THEIR PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ARMS TO HURT YOU?? YOU WON’T BE MISSED HERE. DON’T FOR GET TO LEAVE YOUR FREEDOM HERE? YOU WILL MAKE ROOM FOR THOSE AT THE BOARDER THAT WANT TO GET IN THE GOOD OLD U.S.A ????? BYE, BYE, BYE

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