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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Media Parrot Anti-Gun Junk Science, Public Suffers Because Real Causes Of Crime Ignored

The national media’s unquestioning acceptance of the junk science in an anti-gun “study” concocted by the leftist Center for American Progress (CAP) not only threatens your rights, but also may cost innocent lives, as it gives politicians cover to ignore the real causes of crime to push gun-control gimmicks, an op-ed in the Connecticut Post suggests. 

After the CAP “study” elaborates on the many causes of crime, it then ignores all those factors to focus exclusively on one—gun control in each state—in what social scientists call a “bivariate” analysis between just two conditions. As NRA-ILA’s Christopher Kopacki points out, such “analysis” could also show that roosters crowing at dawn cause the sun to rise. 

As criminologist John Lott found by comparing crime trends to multiple factors in states that have imposed so-called “universal background checks,” since 2000, the per-capita rates of mass shootings and injury have increased by 15 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Maybe if those states had attacked the real causes of crime, their crime rates would have continued to decline in step with the national average.