Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another bogus taxpayer-funded anti-gun study

Epidemiologists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine claim that, on average, guns did not protect those who possessed them from being shot in an assault. The study was based on data carefully selected to dramatically skew the results toward a perceived need for gun control and away from truth. In concert with other anti-gun studies, this study carefully cherry-picked the study and control samples, rejecting majority populations that contradict their goal of denigrating guns and gun owners.

When a study population consists of gang-bangers, at this one did, the results are very predictable. But, the study infers that all gun owners have the same risk of violent injury as do the criminals in the study.

News reporters and editors around the world gleefully regurgitated everything the "researchers" said in their press release word-for-word as if it were entirely truthful without taking even a second to read the study, examine its egregious flaws, and question its methods. This parrot-style reporting is another example of the profoundly lazy, biased, and dangerous reporting in today's news media. The news media's repetition of this article (anti-gun propaganda) would make any legitimate researcher, statistician, news reporter, or editor blush with shame. Instead of recycling propaganda as news simply because it feels good, I expect news reporters and editors to do thorough research before going to press.

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