Accidental gun killings surged after Sandy Hook school shooting

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Accidental gun killings surged after Sandy Hook school shooting

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Accidental gun killings surged after Sandy Hook school shooting

A surge in gun buying in the months immediately following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, corresponded with an increase in accidental gun deaths in the United States, one-third of them in children, according to an analysis published today in Science.

About 60 additional unintended shooting deaths, roughly 20 of them in children, occurred in the 5 months after the shooting, conclude the study’s authors, economists Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. For all of the 2012 calendar year, there were 545 accidental shooting deaths, or about 45 per month, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So a 60-death bump in a 5-month period is a considerable one.

Gun sales in the United States can increase after mass shootings. The authors of the new paper estimate that an additional 3 million guns were sold nationwide from December 2012 through April 2013, the 5-month window immediately before and for several months after a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook on 14 December. But this is the first time researchers have found a coincident surge in accidental gun deaths: Levine and McKnight studied trends in firearms sales and accidental gun deaths from 2008 through 2015 and found no other instances of such a pattern.


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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:29 pm

Lots of open questions. Is it simply more guns = more deaths or that especially stupid untrained nervous people bought guns after Sandy Hook and THAT is what caused the uptick?

How does one differentiate especially stupid untrained nervous people from the average gun owner?

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:09 pm

The conspiracy advocates that preach that Sandy Hook never happened have frightened a percentage of people who fear the government already.
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Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:50 pm

"Sandy Hook never happened......" //// That does strike me as a liberal slur against especially stupid untrained nervous people. Could there be more than 3? ..........a subset of Westboro Baptist Church?
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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:49 pm

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:"Sandy Hook never happened......" //// That does strike me as a liberal slur against especially stupid untrained nervous people. Could there be more than 3? ..........a subset of Westboro Baptist Church?

Well, it's a gunner mantra these days. They delight in telling parents of the kids that their death was faked. Westboro Baptist with guns.
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Re: Accidental gun killings surged after Sandy Hook school shooting

Postby Gord » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:32 pm

bobbo_the_Pragmatist wrote:"Sandy Hook never happened......" //// That does strike me as a liberal slur against especially stupid untrained nervous people. Could there be more than 3? ..........a subset of Westboro Baptist Church?

Srsly?

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Re: Accidental gun killings surged after Sandy Hook school shooting

Postby Lance Kennedy » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:37 am

When gun sales increase, it is difficult to tell if that is because more people buy guns, or that the same people buy more guns. It has been estimated that 3% of gun owners have 50% of all the guns. It is weird how some people feel that owning 1, or 2, or 3 guns is not enough, and buy 10, 20, 30, or even 100 guns with associated ammunition and general gear.

Another estimate is that around 30% of all households in the USA have at least one gun. If we assume one person per household owns guns, that is not much more than 10% of Americans owning guns. But there is an average of one gun owned by civilians for every American. So this would mean each gun owner, on average, owns many.

Or to put it another way, the majority of Americans are sane and normal, and do not own guns. And then there are the others....

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Postby Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:17 pm

Many of my cousins are 3%ers.
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