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They never f*cking stop - Dan the Serene
June 30th, 2008
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They never f*cking stop
DC has produced (badly) a pamphlet on registering firearms in DC in our brave new post-Heller world. It includes the following blurb on the dangers of guns to children, and includes every discredited "statistic" of the last 25 years or so. I know I've seen a paper or two which refutes these in detail. Does anyone have a favorite link? If not, I'll try to find one when I get back from the gym.


A Note on the Safe Storage of Weapons in Your Home

As a registered gun owner, you know how important it is to safely store your weapon in your home. Having a gun in your home, especially if it is not stored properly, can be a significant risk factor for injury and death in children. In fact, firearm related injuries are a leading cause of death in children, and include deaths from unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.

Between 1994 and 1998, 6,287 children committed suicide with a firearm and an additional 1,896 children were killed by unintentional gun injuries in the United States. All together, 23,776 children under age 19 died from a gun related injury during these years, which is equal to 13 children a day.
The Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance from Project Childsafe, provides a gunlock free of charge for each gun it registers in the District of Columbia. The locks are simple and easy to install. Gun owners are strongly encouraged to use these locks to reduce the likelihood of accidental
injury or death.

Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is funded by a grant from the Department of Justice. For more information on gun safety, please visit www.projectchildsafe.org.


EDIT: They got at least some of those garbage numbers from Kellerman's study in the New England Journal of Medicine. You can find a number of articles on it by googling kellerman guns

EDIT 2: This is one of the articles I was thinking about, though it doesn't get into the child statistics specifically:
http://www.reason.com/news/show/30225.html

EDIT 3: This is the one I was looking for:
http://www.guncite.com/journals/tennmed.html

See the section entitled, Fraudulent Suppression of the Decline in Accidental Child Gun Death

Really, I can quit any time I want:
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

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From:n5iln
Date:July 1st, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
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Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

That includes organizations who enjoy whipping said public into a frenzy of fear based on what I like to call "ass-stats".
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From:skreidle
Date:July 1st, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Kates Mauser paper when I read it a few weeks ago.
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