So if a woman keeps a hunting rifle at home in a safe, she "has access to a gun", and if she's the victim of a gunshot while out on the town, no where near her own gun, this study admits that they just count her in their conclusion. They admit that they couldn't prove that the gun the victim owned is the same gun which killed the victim, they admit even further that the gun may not have been in the area when the victim was shot.Since not all of the studies assessed whether victims had firearms in their homes, the meta-analysis does not draw conclusions about the associations between suicide or homicide and the location of the firearms, but merely whether victims had access to them.
Faulty research. Biased source.
Last edited by Jerry; 04-14-15 at 03:20 PM.
Above I'm asking for a citation because I don't believe the assertion. He said that the studies that show risk of death go up when a gun is brought into the house are wrong because in most cases the murder weapon is brought into the home by someone else. That makes no sense. The studies look at murder rates and suicide rates, and control for households that own guns. Why would gun owning households be more likely to have an intruder come into their home with a gun, and kill them? That makes no sense. And if it's true, then obviously owning a gun for self defense INCREASES the odds than an armed intruder will kill you (or makes your home more attractive to robbers, or at best does nothing to protect your family from murder).
Maybe I'm thinking of this wrong but I'd like to see the evidence for his assertion. He's claimed my studies are BS and dismissed them with an so far unsourced assertion. I'm entitled to a cite.