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Fire arms crime and the graphics that matter.

Now, I am not a statistics guy. Never have been. I can follow the rabbit trail if someone wants to take the time to walk me through their logic/reasoning/math, but I get lost rather easily when I try to do it myself. Fortunately, I’ve got someone else to that math for me, in this case. Linoge (of Walls of the City) does a wonderful job making it easy enough for us uneducated slobs to understand. He even provides pictures for those of us who need the graphic aid (which I do most of the time).

The FBI has recently released the 2011 Uniform Crime Report. This report shows all reported crime, from districts all across the nation, and makes it available to the public. Linoge has been taking this data and converting it to graphics for us for several years now. With the 2011 report out, he does it again. Here is the graphic that he created to show the trends.

Graphics Matter by Linoge @ wallsofthecity.net

The trend that he discovers is fairly obvious is you look at the data with unbiased eyes. Since 2006, the rate of Crimes Committed with Firearms has decreased. Since 2007, the TOTAL number of crimes committed with a firearm have decreased. All while the total number of firearms owned has gone up. All of this to say that there is a negative correlation between total fire arms owned and crimes committed with a firearm. Take a look at his explanation for more detail.

Just remember, when dealing with folks who are anti-gun or think that more guns causes more crime, we have the statistics to show that this isn’t true. More guns does NOT equal more crime. Also remember, there is currently not enough evidence to make a correlation the other way (more guns is the cause of less crime). Remember this.

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Someone thinks I’m not crazy …

Rather, someone thinks I’m not crazy ENOUGH. 😀

I know it’s a bit late, since it actually came in before Thanksgiving, but the Commonwealth (and my local county) decided that I wasn’t crazy enough to deny a Concealed Carry Permit.

Now, if only I can get my wife to finish the paperwork and get hers and I might not worry as much about her out and about with the kids. Maybe when she sees what I got her for Christmas, she’ll be inclined to stop procrastinating.

Sadly, working on a Federal reservation (not naming it due to privacy issues), I’m forced to be unarmed on the way to/from work. When I run errands after work, it’s a choice between driving home first (which usually means I’m going to end up NOT running the errands ’cause frankly I don’t want to leave again when I get home.) or going unarmed to run the errands. Hitting the grocery store – not a problem, usually as it’s literally on the drive home.

Ah, well. It’s all good for driving me even crazier (and yes, the peanut gallery will say that it’s a really short trip).

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Originally posted at http://shamandin.blogspot.com on 12/11/2011.