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Tennessee gun control group presents bad/false data


Legendary Warrior
May 21, 2006
Tennessee Gun Control Group Spreads Bad Data to Push Anti-gun Agenda

"In mid-September, Tennessee gun control group Safe Tennessee Project trumpeted a disturbing new statistic gleaned from the Centers for Disease Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) in order to bolster their anti-gun agenda. The group contended that in 2014, 105 Tennesseans were killed in unintentional shootings, a more than five-fold increase from 2013. As expected, the press dutifully parroted the group’s claims. However, the incredible statistic touted by Safe Tennessee Project turned out to be just that, not credible. Following a review of their data, the Tennessee Department of Health, who provided the unintentional shooting data to the CDC, determined that the 105 figure was inaccurate and that the correct number of unintentional shooting deaths in Tennessee in 2014 was five."

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Jul 5, 2006
Liars and cheats. Cheats and liars.

Do we expect anything different from gun grabbers.

With that out of the way, a lesson here for all of us. If the info from some new report or study seems too good to be true, it might just be too good to be true. We ought to be cautious about jumping too quickly on any particular study or report lest the results be found to be in error when examined further.

Our RKBA is a constitutionally enumerated right. Even if the short term costs to society were greatly higher than the benefits, RKBA would still be a right. Nobody who understands rights argues that the OJ Simpson case is reason to discard due process or the rights of the accused. Letting 10 guilty men go free is the price we pay to avoid wrongly convicting one innocent man. RKBA deserves no lower standard. Protecting the individual RKBA--even if that meant more crimes committed than prevented--is the price we should be willing to pay to keep government in check to avoid tyranny and to avoid overthrow of legitimate government from within or without.

Of course, it turns out that individual RKBA prevents and stops many more crimes that it permits. But that is a nice side benefit, not the foundation for the RKBA.