A study of studies at the UC-San Francisco has determined that when people have things, they can do things with those things.
This is apparently a big deal:
Someone with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access, according to a comprehensive review of the scientific literature conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.
Future studies by this merry band of
cherry-pickers researchers will reveal that people with indoor plumbing have a greater “risk” of bathing in the home, that people who have knifes are more likely to cut themselves, and that people who own cars are at greater risk of getting in car accidents.
Shocking no one that can raise a trace on an EEG, a quick look at the references of the meta-study reveals that a significant portion of the information is drawn from known proponents of gun control, including Deborah Azrael, Catherine Barber, David Hemenway, Matthew Miller, and Arthur Kellerman.
Four of those five—Azrael, Barber, Hemenway, and Miller— work together at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, which is financially supported by Barack Obama’s long-time friends at the Joyce Foundation.
Put bluntly, a significant number of these “studies” were written by men and women have a vested financial interest in cranking out research telling us that guns are bad.
I don’t know enough about the authors of the meta-study itself—Andrew Anglemyer, Tara Horvath, and George Rutherford—to ascribe malice in their choice of studies to review, when incompetence will do. What we do know is that they chose to only look at research that focused on the bad things might do to gun owners, and completely ignored the hundreds of thousands to millions of times each year that firearms are used in self-defense.