3 thoughts on “NYTimes on Gun Research: What We Don’t Know Is Killing Us”

  1. The vast majority of homicides in the US fall into three categories:
    1. Family member kills spouse/significant other at the end of a long abusive relationship.
    2. Criminals killing each other, especially gang members and drug operators.
    3. Victims of other crimes like robbery or sexual assault.
    The violence at Sandy Hook or Aurora was the rarest brand of crime in America with the possible exception of treason: the mass shooting of strangers in a public place. It’s happened at rare intervals since at least the Whitman incident at University of Texas. It has happened in other countries, oddly enough sometimes using knives.
    Semi-automatic rifles are used in crimes but very rarely, even among drug gangs in the US. They seem to be used a lot more in cartel violence in other countries.
    None of this is news. But of course it works against the idea that banning “military-style weapons” would do anything noticeable to the US homicide rate.

  2. “That Mr. Obama had to make such a decree at all is a measure of the power of the gun lobby, which has effectively shut down government-financed research on gun violence for 17 years.”

    CDC did a study in 2003.

    Uhh . . . has it been 17 years?

    CDC concluded:

    “The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes.”

    NYT combines the attributes of BOTH IGNORANCE and STUPIDITY.

  3. The article (and comments to it) admits that the focus of the CDC was and would/should be on the guns, not on the violence. And if the left can redefine the issue as a health issue, then the CDC could be the tool to control guns, much as the EPA is being used as a tool to control energy consumption and property use. As usual, the left is trying to redefine the issue in order to sway the ignorant.

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