Junk Science: "Surge" of Accidental
Gun Deaths After Sandy Hook

By Dean Weingarten. December 20th, 2017
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A recent study from Wellesley College economists, published in Science magazine is a good example of how to torture data until you get the result you want.

The mass murder at Sandy Hook took place on December 14, 2012. President Obama talked of the need for more gun control on 19 December. He talked about specific restrictions on 16 January, 2013. The events are so close to the end of the year, that an increase in accidental deaths should show in the annual data.

WISQARS CDC data base:

The article in Science makes the following claim. From

About 60 additional unintended shooting deaths, roughly 20 of them in children, occurred in the 5 months after the shooting, conclude the study's authors, economists Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. For all of the 2012 calendar year, there were 545 accidental shooting deaths, or about 45 per month, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So a 60-death bump in a 5-month period is a considerable one.

Look at the actual numbers as shown by the CDC. 2011 had 591 deaths from firearm accidents, a rate of .19 per 100,000. .......

Another look at how some data presentations resort to omissions to help make their point and skew the results. This is one of the favorite methods employed by the anti-freedom groups, along sometimes with various other ploys, such as actual misinformation based on factual ignorance. It is more than unfortunate that reports of this type too often get taken as gospel by the media and disseminated to the masses.

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