The largest study of gun violence in the United States, released Thursday afternoon, confirms a point that should be obvious: widespread American gun ownership is fueling America’s gun violence epidemic... ...the authors ran a series of regressions to see what effect the overall national decline in firearm ownership from 1981 to 2010 had on gun homicides. The result was staggering: “for each 1 percentage point increase in proportion of household gun ownership,” Siegel et al. found, “firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9″ percent. A one standard deviation change in firearm ownership shifted gun murders by a staggering 12.9 percent.Not that we'll ever be allowed to do anything about it...after all the only words in the Constitution that mean nothing are "well regulated". [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Empty words, empty chambers
Aaron Alexis, the fact of gun violence continues to be plain...and plainly ignored.