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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

From The 'Duh' Files

Via The Volokh Conspiracy blog:
"Last month, the National Academy of Sciences issued a 328-page report on gun control laws. The big news that has been ignored on all the blog sites is that the academy's panel couldn't identify any benefits of the decades-long effort to reduce crime and injury by restricting gun ownership. "
Well, that much we had already guessed.
"The only conclusion it could draw was: Let's study the question some more."
Well of course. We wouldn't want to put anyone out of a job.
"Based on 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, and some of its own empirical work, the panel couldn't identify a single gun control regulation that reduced violent crime, suicide or accidents."
Like I said, Duh.
As many have pointed out for years, take a look at Great Britain, Australia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Massacheusettes, ....
"Wilson said that that panel's conclusion raises concerns given that 'virtually every reanalysis done by the committee' confirmed right-to-carry laws reduced crime. He found the committee's only results that didn't confirm the drop in crime 'quite puzzling.' They accounted for 'no control variables' - nothing on any of the social, demographic, and public policies that might affect crime."
Goes to show you can interpret the statistics however you need to, when it suits your purpose.
Go ahead and read the whole thing.

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