David Yamane is a sociologist who runs a blog called Gun Culture 2.0; he tackles various topics that arise concerning the 2nd Amendment. I stumbled across his blog a few years back and was delighted to discover that he regularly puts out good information & has his students do studies on 2nd Amendment related topics. … Continue reading Just how many guns are there in the US?
One of the oft-repeated trope of the gun control movement is that gun ownership is decreasing. And yet... A new poll published on Thursday found more Americans report having a gun in their home than ever before. The Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey of 1,200 adults found 48 percent of Americans said they or somebody else in their … Continue reading So much for ‘gun ownership is declining’: Poll: More Americans Have a Gun in Home Than Ever Before
Came across this last night: America’s decades long national argument about gun control is not a normal political debate about addressing policy to problems but about what kind of politics to have. It is fundamentally about how citizens should relate to each other and the state, and that makes it a matter of political philosophy, … Continue reading Pro-click: “The Political Philosophy Of Guns – Would America Really Be A Better Society Without Them?”
So I came across an article this morning where David Smalley, Proud Atheist, lectures America about "Why Gun Nuts Lie – I Know From Experience" - and with a premise like that, you know you are in for quite a wild ride. First, he starts with his credentials: I live in Texas. I’m a gun owner. … Continue reading Get ready to strap on your stupid: David Smalley vomits “Why Gun Nuts Lie – I Know From Experience”
Those of you who read this blog should be familiar with my use of the term "security theater" and how most gun control proposals are little more than soundbites. Thomas Sowell, noted economist, wrote an article covering yesterday's Presidential address and reminded me of the flip side; political theater. Those who have been marveling at … Continue reading Thomas Sowell’s take on the President’s speech: “On Gun Control, Obama Is Showman In Chief”
Last year, the FBI released a report about active shooters that was seized upon by the antigun faithful and twisted into a screed about mass shootings. Last week, it turned out that the information was not only wrong, but massaged. Yeserday, the WSJ showed a rare moment of honesty and reported on it: Last September the Obama … Continue reading WSJ Calls out Administration on false mass shooting report: Obama’s Gun-Control Misfire Before the 2014 election, the FBI claimed that mass shootings were up. False.
Why has public opinion shifted about gun control? As my colleagues at Pew Research Center have documented elsewhere, some of this is related to politics, as Republicans have become far more supportive of gun rights during the Obama years. The rise in support for gun rights has also spanned many other regional and demographic groups. … Continue reading The latest from Pew: Support for gun rights up, perception of gun crime still high (despite lower rates)
Found yesterday on Reddit, here's the transcript of a TED talk by Gary Slutkin, a doctor who's traveled the world treating outbreaks and epidemics. I'm a physician trained in infectious diseases, and following my training, I moved to Somalia from San Francisco. And my goodbye greeting from the chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco … Continue reading TED Talk from Gary Slutkin: Let’s treat violence like a contagious disease
Mother Jones (never known for their journalistic integrity or honesty on the topic of firearms) vomited up this piece of journalistic excrement today: New Harvard Research Debunks the NRA's Favorite Talking Points Surveys drawing on scores of experts reveal a clear consensus against the gun lobby. In it we have the usual uncritical fluff piece … Continue reading Opinion polls “debunk” facts now? “New Harvard Research Debunks the NRA’s Favorite Talking Points”
Full study is behind a paywall, but Kleck has done it again. His new paper highlights the shoddy science used by most antigun "researchers" and boils it down to three main points. From the page: Abstract Purpose This paper reviews 41 English-language studies that tested the hypothesis that higher gun prevalence levels cause higher crime … Continue reading 41 studies reviewed, no evidence to support “More Guns, More Crime “