More gun stats debunked
Tim Lambert takes on the myth that a gun owner is 43 times more likely to kill a family member than an intruder. Actually, he takes on the sloppy coverage of that myth, which is a 1986 study by Dr. Kellerman. Not to defend the sloppy work of others, but I have heard this myth repeatedly from anti-gun groups worded the exact same way. Tim seems to have comments disabled on that post and the post doesn’t look complete, so I will post my $0.02 here.
The problem with Kellerman’s study is he compares self-protection gun deaths to other gun deaths, which discounts the self-protection that does not result in the death of someone. Depending on which research you believe, the number of defensive gun uses ranges from 83,000 per year to 3.6 million. The 83,000 comes from the US DOJ and is flawed because it only counts reported instances of defensive uses. Other numbers are dubious as well, but I’ll let Tim tell you all about the problems with Lott.
The Kellerman study is a useless piece of info that is devoid of comparative context. Tim, who is a bright guy, tends to go after studies that are pro-gun while claiming not to be anti-gun. Yet, he seems to give anti-gun studies a pass.
Update: Tim’s post seems to have disappeared.