More guns kill more people

It's kind of obvious to the civilised world, but some americans (NRA) still struggle with the concepts of statistics.

For every age group of at least 5 years minimum age, people living in the high-gun states were more than 2.5 times more likely than those in the low-gun states to become homicide victims.

Rates of Household Firearm Ownership and Homicide Across US Regions and States, 1988–1997


(11:49:01 AM) mental: (10:41:06 PM) peter: correlation isn't enough to show causation. Maybe people living in high-homicide areas are more likely to keep a gun (that they never use) for security. (10:42:09 PM) njh: the paper says that and talks about delayed time studies (10:43:51 PM) peter: I'm not saying that that's likely, i just think that one shouldn't use such a sarcastic lead-in when the blog entry gives only correlation with no further evidence. (I hadn't noticed that the source was a clickable link until just now.) (10:45:30 PM) peter: The "even after controlling for poverty, urbanization, unemployment, alcohol consumption, and nonlethal violent crime" part is helpful. (10:45:55 PM) peter: The Conclusions paragraph does caution that "our study cannot determine causation". (10:46:30 PM) njh: Nothing can determine causation. :)