Correlation is not causation. Except when it is.

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NBC News:

The number of homicides committed using guns has gone up by nearly a third nationwide in recent years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC found a 31 percent increase in homicides involving firearms from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, 11,008 homicides involved a gun. The number rose to 14,415 by 2016, the CDC team said.

So… during the last part of Obama’s tenure, gun-homicides increased. I wonder why?

Webster also noted that more states were loosening rules on gun ownership and the carrying of guns around the same time that firearms homicide rates went up.

“Regulation of permits became more relaxed,” he said. That’s true — all 50 states now allow concealed carrying of weapons, compared with 31 in 1981. And 12 states allow concealed carrying without a permit.

So, more people more easily get guns and then gun murder rate increases. Whodathunkit?

The CDC data did not include firearms deaths other than homicides. Most deaths involving guns in the U.S. are suicides. The CDC says 36,252 people died by firearms in 2015, and of those, 22,018 were suicides.

So access to guns = more gun deaths. Seems like there is a correlation there, so I wonder if limiting the access to guns would lower the death by gun rates?

Naw, that’s crazy talk.

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5 Responses to Correlation is not causation. Except when it is.

  1. osirisopto says:

    What percentage of the spam you see on posts like these equate to “What about Hitler?”

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  2. RWW says:

    Death is the point of a Death Cult, after all.

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  3. roket says:

    I would be interested in knowing, of that 31% increase, how many were determined to be ‘stand your ground’ cases.


  4. Pyed says:

    The CDC seems to have ignored a number of types of gun-related deaths, There are homicides and suicides, but there is also butter-fingered gun-juggling plus accidental discharge combined with Darwinian contest magnetude bad fucking luck.


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