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  • durrett.scott durrett.scott Jan 24, 2014 4:22 PM Flag

    Leftist gun study says - you'll kill yourself!

    Leave it to the libs to draw exactly the wrong conclusions from a given set of facts. Take gun control, for example...

    In their opinion, harsh restrictions on gun ownership makes the world safe by removing guns "from our streets." But scholarly studies like those published in economist John Lott's book "More Guns, Less Crime" have conclusively shown that implementation of gun control laws is directly correlated -- and strongly, at that -- with violent crime rates. As the title of Lott's book also suggests, per capita rates of gun ownership are inversely correlated, again strongly, with crime rates. As another data point: The NRA notes that gun ownership is at an all-time high at exactly the same time the nation's murder rate is approaching an all-time low.

    But never mind the facts. Libs have never let those pesky things get in the way of their goals . Fortunately for them, the halls 'higher learning institutions' are filled with liberal sheep who stand ready to "refute" these inconvenient truths. The latest effort? A recently published study in the otherwise-reputable Annals of Internal Medicine. On another note, why would a journal of internal medicine focus on a political issue like gun control? But I digress...

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    • The authors of this brilliant study ask us to check our brains at the door before we critically examine their findings. I guess these researchers would like us to put aside the fact that someone contemplating suicide might actually have the malice aforethought to go out and buy a gun? Or that these personality traits / circumstances also make gun ownership more attractive? Were the people who committed suicide determined enough that if a gun had not been available they would have killed themselves anyway? Oddly enough, no one bothered to investigate these obvious questions.

      These pre-biased authors had a conclusion in search of research data to support it, as is often the case with such "studies." Without knowing the details of each death, the study -- though full of facts -- is wholly worthless because so many other independent variables which bear directly on the results were not even considered, let alone evaluated. It seems that to the ideologically driven, facts that don't support the forgone conclusion may be readily discarded.

      The issue here is not "how safe" we feel with or without guns. The real issue is whether we, as U.S. citizens, have the right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment...Period. Last time I checked, The Constitution's answer is, "Yes."

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