Broken Correlation

Our progtard contingent insists that guns are the problem and that removing them is THE solution.

The facts say otherwise. It has been undeniable that the one thing the former President was good at was spurring gun sales. Each year of his tenure gun sales exceeded those of the year preceding. With all those new sources of danger in the hands of the citizenry the “Guns are THE Problem” theorem would predict increasing gun deaths.

Oops!

National Safety Council: Accidental Firearm Deaths for 2015 the Lowest Since 1903

The latest “Injury Facts” report from the National Safety Council shows accidental firearm deaths in 2015 were the lowest they have been in any year since 1903.

By AWR Hawkins, Breitbart Big Government

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) published figures from the report, showing that “fatal firearms accidents dropped 17 percent from 2014 to 2015 to 489.” Moreover, the figure of 489 accidental firearm deaths is so low, relatively speaking, that it represents “about three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 total accidental deaths from all other listed causes.”

Read it again and think about it — the number of accidental gun deaths in 2015 was roughly “three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 total accidental deaths from all other listed causes.”

And while accidental gun deaths fell 17 percent from 2014 to 2015, the total number of accidental deaths for all other listed causes rose 8 percent. NSSF observed, “It should be noted that the decrease, which was the largest percentage decline of any category, came in a year that saw record firearms sales to many millions of Americans.”

What say we change the focus to crazy control instead of gun control?

Hat Tip: Wizbang Alumnus Warner Todd Huston

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  • yetanotherjohn

    The left will never let facts get in the way of the narrative.

  • Scalia

    Since liberal minds interpret freezing weather as evidence of global warming, they will no doubt see this as a travesty and will call for a total gun ban.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      I think Al Gore attributed the rise in gun sales to the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere.

  • jim_m

    You cling bitterly to your guns, religion and your outdated bourgeois truth based on facts. You should know by now that the only truth is that which advances the left wing ideological agenda. Facts are irrelevant. It’s ideology uber alles!

    • To which I would reply as if asked if I was a Turtle…

      • Retired military

        “as if asked if I was a Turtle”
        No need to bring McCuckold McConnell into this.

  • Vagabond661

    Thanks. You saved us from another sports post. I was gonna suggest a name change to Wizbang Sports.

    • My pleasure. I guess it’s the upside of being sick as a dog and too incoherent to do most of my work…

      • Scalia

        I hope you feel better soon, Rodney.

    • jim_m

      The first sentence of the Breitbart article cites “The National Shooting Sport Foundation”, so this was still a sports story.

      • Pedant…

        • Retired military

          But is “The National Shooting Sport Foundation” tolerant, nonmysoganistic, and prodiversity?

  • Hank_M

    What say we change the focus to crazy control instead of gun control?

    Could we really jail half the population?

    • Politically ignorant is not the same as crazy.

      • Steven Modica

        I bet there’s a strong correlation between the two.

        • Not extending to the later being a wholly owned subset of the former.

  • Retired military

    “What say we change the focus to crazy control instead of gun control?”
    In London the lliberals are wondering what they did to piss off the terrorists so badly.