November 29, 2022

Gun Statistics Prove that Gun Statistics Can Prove Anything

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There’s been much talk recently — including from President Obama — about there being a substantial correlation between state-level gun death rates and state gun laws. Now correlation obviously doesn’t equal causation; there may be lots of other factors that are the true causes of both of the things that are being measured. But if we do look for now at correlation, it seems to me that the key question should focus on state total homicide rates, or perhaps (for reasons I describe below) total intentional homi

Source: Zero correlation between state homicide rate and state gun laws – The Washington Post