November 24, 2015

Meme Reveals HARD TRUTH Every Gun Grabber Needs to Know

The Analytical Economist reports that a new review of the literature on gun control finds gun control measures to be completely ineffective. In other news, the sky is blue.
The review was conducted by Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck. Kleck examined 41 studies on gun ownership and crime.

From RealClearPolitics:
First, he looked for a validated measure of gun ownership. In-depth surveys and percent of suicides with guns were two of the few acceptable measures. Second, he checked to see if confounding variables were properly controlled for and how many were included. Third, he checked to see whether the researchers used procedures that would rule out reverse causality, i.e. whether crime rates actually caused gun ownership to increase. (Past studies have shown that when crime rises in an area, gun ownership often increases, likely for purposes of self-defense.)

In all, the 41 studies produced 90 findings on gun ownership and various crime rates. Of these, 64% found no statistically significant positive affect between gun ownership and crime. However, 52% did identify a link between gun ownership and homicide.
When Kleck applied his three methodological criteria (valid measure of gun ownership, causality procedures, controlled for >5 confounding variables) to the studies, he found that the more criteria they met, the more likely they were to show no link between gun ownership and crime. The reversal was particularly noticeable for homicide. While 65% of the studies that met none of the criteria found a link between gun ownership and homicide, the three studies that met all of the criteria did not.
“The overall pattern is very clear – the more methodologically adequate research is, the less likely it is to support the more guns-more crime hypothesis,” Kleck remarked.

Unfortunately you probably won’t see Kleck at CPAC anytime soon, as he’s a registered Democrat and member of the ACLU, Amnesty International, and a handful of other liberal groups.
I joked the other day that it’s humorous how the liberals who constantly tell us deporting 12 million illegals is logistically impossible are the same ones who think rounding up the 300 million firearms in this country is a brilliant idea.
At least one of them is thinking.

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