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Response to jody (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:27 PM

3. Why are you citing these reports?

One 10 years old and one issued in 2004. The CRS paper of this year to which you link outlines the current state of gun control legislation in the USA contains statistics that it admits are dubious and I can see no point to you including it in your OP.

From the passages that you have highlighted within your selections I assume that you wish to show that statistics cannot be trusted to guide legislation. Be aware that your failure to communicate your motive leaves readers only assumptions to guide them.

If this is your motive then it would be good to note that the Task Force segment calls for better statistics from further research and that the NRC segment actually states that:
Empirical research on firearms and violence has resulted in important findings that can inform policy decisions. In particular, a wealth of descriptive information exists about the prevalence of firearm-related injuries and deaths, about firearms markets, and about the relationships between rates of gun ownership and violence. Research has found, for example, that higher rates of household firearms ownership are associated with higher rates of gun suicide, that illegal diversions from legitimate commerce are important sources of crime guns and guns used in suicide, that firearms are used defensively many times per day, and that some types of targeted police interventions may effectively lower gun crime and violence. This information is a vital starting point for any constructive dialogue about how to address the problem of firearms and violence.
Which would imply other data has been collected supporting this interpretation.

I think what may be confusing you is that there is likely to be good research from other countries about these matters

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