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  •  You have misunderstood the statistic (3+ / 0-)
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    You are probably correct that most of the time, a gun in the home simply sits unused.

    However, the statistic quoted by the Brady Campaign says something a little different: the statistic compares gun use in homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings to gun use in self-defense.  And when these specific uses of home-owned guns are compared, guns in the home are used more often in homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings, and less often in self-defense.

    I don't like the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer much either, but it remains true that pregnancy reduces the risk of breast cancer in women compared to women who have not been pregnant.  It is also true that women who have had abortions have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer compared to women who have been pregnant.  It is however, incorrect to say that abortion causes breast cancer.  While the empiric evidence shows an increased risk for breast cancer in women who have had abortions, there is no empiric evidence that abortions play a causative role in breast cancer.

    I point out that ignoring or discounting empirically derived facts because you do not like the reporting agency is exactly what the republicans do when they claim that tax cuts for the wealthy do not cause deficits, or that climate change is a hoax.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:09:12 AM PST

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    •  And what is relevant, after all: (0+ / 0-)

      it's not that "most of the time" the gun isn't being used.  It's what happens when it is used.

      People who are looking to exercise their rights to have accessible, lethal objects in their home have a right to know these sorts of stats.  

      One piece of free advice to the GOP: Drop the culture wars, explicitly.

      by Inland on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 02:51:41 PM PST

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      •  And they have the right not to have them (1+ / 0-)
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        made up out of thin air.

        No study on DGU use, by whatever method, makes them so rare that Brady's claim could be truthful.

        Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

        by Robobagpiper on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 02:17:53 PM PST

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