New study finds that yes, guns do kill people.

By |2018-07-30T13:40:37+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

And large caliber weapons kill more people.

Courtesy of WaPo:

A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open underscores an often overlooked factor in gun-policy debates: When it comes to lethality, not all guns are created equal.

Analyzing data on hundreds of shootings in Boston from 2010 to 2014, Anthony Braga of Northeastern University and Philip J. Cook of Duke University found that on a bullet-per-bullet basis, shootings committed with a large-caliber firearm are much more likely to result in a fatality than those with a smaller caliber gun. Caliber is a measure of the diameter of the bullets fired by a particular gun.

The study analyzed data on 221 gun homicides and 1,012 nonfatal shootings that happened in Boston between 2010 and 2014. On first glance, the numbers provided a confirmation of the depressing demographics of shooting cases: “Most gunshot victims and survivors were young minority men with prior court arraignments,” Braga and Cook found. “Most attacks occurred in circumstances where gangs or drugs played an important role.” Most occurred outdoors in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

But they found stark differences in shooting outcomes depending on the caliber of gun used. They divided the calibers of guns used in the shootings into three categories: small, which included .22-, .25- and .32-caliber handguns; medium, including .380s, .38s and 9mms; and large, including .40s, .44 magnums, .45s, 10mms and 7.62 x 39s.

They then found that all else being equal, a person shot with a medium-caliber weapon, such as a common 9mm handgun, were roughly 2.3 times as likely to die of their wounds than someone shot with a small-caliber gun. Large-caliber gunshots were even deadlier, resulting in odds of death 4.5 times that of small-caliber gunshots.

“The implication,” they write, “is that if the medium- and large-caliber guns had been replaced with small caliber (assuming everything else unchanged) the result would have been a 39.5% reduction in gun homicides” in Boston during the study period.

The results undercut the idea that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

This study shreds the idea that focusing on the mental health of the shooter instead of the types of guns that are available to citizens is the key to reducing gun deaths in this country. 

So passing laws to outlaw military-style weapons actually will reduce the number of deaths during mass shootings, who knew?

Oh right, everybody with half a brain. 

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  1. anon July 30, 2018 at 7:30 am

    So sick of the NRA gun lobby lying to Americans. It is time to hold our paid elected servants accountable for the deaths caused by the flood of guns in this country. Russia and the NRA have caused damage to our society. It is plain ignorance to allow the amount of unregulated guns on the streets. The law enforcement should demand the removal of gun shows and all assault weapons now. This is outrageous!!!

  2. anon July 30, 2018 at 7:43 am

    “Will we ever again see a President who embdies the very meaning and spirit of those two words, amazing grace? I fear not. Well done Mr. President, well done.” In the moment. Never forget.
    “Obama Sings ‘Amazing Grace’ During Pinckney Eulogy”

  3. Anonymous July 30, 2018 at 8:54 am

    The only round on that list that is a (current) military round is 7.62×39. Not surprising that a 30 caliber rifle round will be lethal. They are much faster and have a heavier bullet. They are also more accurate than pistol rounds which would also increase lethality. .45ACP hasn’t been a military round in this country since the 80’s. I hope we didn’t spend too much to confirm what should have been intuitive, larger calibers in the hands of untrained individuals make it easier for them to kill people.

  4. Anonymous July 30, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Here’s something creepy.

    The TSA is using undercover air marshals to surveil unsuspecting travelers

    A domestic surveillance program called Quiet Skies—which is operated by the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, and was revealed Saturday in a “blockbuster” Boston Globe exposé—is provoking strong criticism, with the ACLU asserting that “such surveillance not only makes no sense, it’s a waste of taxpayer money and raises constitutional concerns.”

    “Already under Quiet Skies, thousands of unsuspecting Americans have been subjected to targeted airport and inflight surveillance,” the Globe reports, citing documents and people within the department. The program, which launched in March, uses armed federal air marshals to covertly monitor how U.S. citizens behave on commercial domestic flights.

    The undercover marshals are required to take “notes on whether travelers use a phone, go to the bathroom, chat with others, or change clothes.” In their reports to TSA, marshals may “document whether passengers fidget, use a computer, have a ‘jump’ in their Adam’s apple or a ‘cold penetrating stare,’ among other behaviors,” according to the Globe‘s review of agency records.

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