Hold on to your hats. And take a seat. And a stiff drink. And fasten your seatbelts…
You might as well say “Guns Kill People”…
In fact, I’m going to say it…
Guns Kill People!
There I said it! Ok, to be fair, it’s only like 90% likely that guns kill people… The other 10% got a plea deal…
Yeah, if your head is really simple, you’re now thinking I’m trying to tell you that guns have a will of their own. Why not comment about that so we all know who the idiots are?
No? Ok. Moving on.
The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981–2010 (Siegel, Ross, et al 2013) shows a 0.9 correlation between gun ownership and firearm homicide rate.
(Here, here and here, are some more links since this article seems to conspiratorially disappear at regular intervals… the truth can be hard sometimes… Just saying…)
That means “for each percentage point increase in gun ownership, the firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9%.”
That means there is a “large” strength of association between gun ownership and firearm homicide.
Like, if you swim, you get wet. Or if you fall asleep, you have dreams (you may not remember them afterward but it is probably more than 90% likely you have them…) Or if you eat, you shit. Or if you have a gun, you can shoot someone… MUCH easier than if you have no gun.
I feel I’m privileged to live in a “twilight-zone-ified” era that requires the explanation of the fact that being shot by a gun could kill you and that if you have 7.5 guns the risk of that is very, very, very much higher than if you have NO gun, zero guns, 0.
But that’s just the crust. What makes this era magical? The fact that you can shoot someone much easier with a gun than without is doubted.
Well, now you have statistics that say so.
You have a home run in statistical correlation!
And if you don’t know what a home run is… it’s when you run home to mama and cry, and sell your guns and buy golf clubs and lose 50 pounds… (In ammo, I’m not going to fat shame gun owners… hey!) Oh, and the golf clubs are for playing golf, not self-defense.
I am sure I live in a time that will be looked back at and most certainly replayed in media, like the bring-out-your-dead-plague-era or from-the-fury-of-the-Northmen-O-Lord-deliver-us-Viking-invasions-era.
Soo much inspiration for 1984-ish writings!
I don’t know, maybe all of the above are myths, lies and fake news?
Here are some more “myths” to enjoy.
Oh, and if the header image makes your penis hurt… seek professional help! (I know there are some people out there that have that problem. I’m not going to apologize…)
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