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Today’s Idiot

Courtland Milloy has a screed against the new found freedom in DC to freely own a handgun carry it from one room to another. He cites (incorrectly) the Kellermann study:

Several studies have shown that a gun in the home is up to 22 times more likely to be used for suicide or to kill a family member than to fend off a burglar.

It’s one study. The study showed it to be 43 times more likely. And the study is misleading because included in the number are murders of one criminal by another who live at the same house. Also, the study completely discounts any defensive gun use that does not result in someone’s death (which is estimated to occur between 750K and 2M times per year, depending on who you talk to). If you’re going to use bogus statistics at least get the bogus statistics correct.

The rest of his screed compares gun owners to children.

5 Responses to “Today’s Idiot”

  1. Ravenwood Says:

    76% of statistics are just made up.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    And, as my stats teacher told me, had a decimal when making them up. it lends them a greater degree of believability. After all, it sounds all exact and stuff. So:

    75.8% of statistics are just made up

  3. BobG Says:

    If guns are used defensively one million times a year, doesn’t that mean we should be seeing statistics showing 22 million people a year committing suicide or having their own guns used on them? I must have missed that article…

  4. Masked Menace© Says:

    …and 65.2456789522445678% of all statistics claim a higher degree of precision than they really have.

  5. Jack Says:

    I feel 78% better after giving up my job in statistics. Jack.