Are Car Owners More Likely To Be Killed In a Car Accident?

“News” story asks: Are Gun Owners More Likely To Be Killed By A Bullet?  That’s like asking if people who own cars are more likely to die in a car accident.

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1 Response to Are Car Owners More Likely To Be Killed In a Car Accident?

  1. SiGraybeard says:

    I don’t think that’s a good analogy. Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do regularly, sport shooting is quite safe. When you’re in your car, you’re among tons of other people you need to watch out for constantly; there is simply no analogy for guns. If you’re at a shooting event, safety is the #1 concern; if you’re out in public with your gun, are you suddenly more likely to be shot by a stranger?

    You’re 30% more likely to die by suicide? It’s pretty well known that someone determined to commit suicide is really hard to stop – are they just finding people who went out and got a gun so they could commit suicide with it?

    Bad analogy, bad study. I’d like to see someone like Lott who can dig deeper into it go over it. Ever heard the saying “statistics are like a bikini: what they reveal is suggestive but what they conceal is vital”?

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