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02-08-2011, 11:21 AM
For rebuttal purposes...

January 20, 2011, 9:00 PM
Myth of the Hero Gunslinger

Timothy Egan on American politics and life, as seen from the West.

To many gun owners, the question of whether to arm even more people in a country that already has upwards of 300 million guns is as calcified as a Sonoran Desert petroglyph. Itís written in stone, among the fiercest of firearms advocates, that more guns equals fewer deaths.

But before the Tucson tragedy fades into tired talking points, itís worth dissecting the crime scene once more to see how this idea fared in actual battle.

Read the rest here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/myth-of-the-hero-gunslinger/

I'm particularly interested in a response to the referenced study's claims that, when confronted by an assailant, the unarmed person is statistically safer.

02-08-2011, 11:33 AM
I'd be very surprised if the 6% of persons in that study, who were in possession of firearms at the time they were shot, aren't mostly felons.

Edit: I found a rebuttal by Eugene Volokh so nevermind...http://www.gunreports.com/news/news/Volokh-Criticism-Guns-science-daily-branas-epidemiology_1606-1.html

02-08-2011, 11:53 AM
Swiss - what's the title of Volokh's rebuttal? I'm firewalled from the link.

02-08-2011, 11:57 AM
Here's a better link to it and another rebuttal of the Penn study:

The Volokh Conspiracy
“Guns Did Not Protect Those Who Possessed Them from Being Shot in an Assault.”

Skating on Stilts
"Can this study possibly be as stupid as it sounds?"

02-08-2011, 12:06 PM
Volokh: Criticism of "Guns Did Not Protect Those Who Possessed Them from Being Shot in an AssaultĒ

02-08-2011, 12:09 PM
:dupe: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=387009

02-08-2011, 12:10 PM
Discussion under way in previous thread.