Guns

Report: A Lot of Suckers Killed Themselves

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

American suckers bought millions of guns immediately after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School because they believed the hype that President Obama was going to take their guns away.

That obviously never happened and, according to a new study, the run on guns contributed to dozens of self-inflicted gun deaths.

The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that the 3 million guns sold in the several months after Sandy Hook caused about 60 more accidental gun deaths than would have occurred otherwise. Children were killed in a third of them — some 20 youngsters, the same number as died at Sandy Hook.

The work by two Wellesley College economists tackles one of the biggest questions in gun research: how to measure the relationship between gun prevalence and gun deaths. [...]

Using the number of background checks as their proxy, they found an increase in gun sales in the four months afterward. They then compared that number to two databases of deaths nationwide, which showed a 27 percent increase in accidental gun deaths for all ages and a 64 percent increase among children during that period.

The year isn't quite over yet, but we know gun sales have plummeted because the gun industry's favorite boogeyman is no longer president. It remains to be seen if there were fewer accidental gun deaths this year and if the lower number of deaths could be attributed to lower sales. It seems reasonable to make that guess.

  • Tony Lavely

    “It remains to be seen if there were fewer accidental gun deaths this
    year and if the lower number of deaths could be attributed to lower
    sales. It seems reasonable to make that guess.”
    I’m not sure why. The guns previously purchased are still out there, waiting for incompetent owners. I mean, what reason do we have to think those gun owners would suddenly take instruction. Guns are easy!

  • Arthur Croft

    Surprised the number wasn’t higher.
    60 deaths with 3 million sold guns? That’s nothing to the NRA or their Republican servants.
    Unfortunately, none of those accidents occurred to gun enthusiasts like Ted Nugent, the Trump brothers, Dick Cheney or Rand Paul, among many others who are excellent candidates for a “Gun Fail”.

  • muselet

    I know it’s cruel, I know it’s inappropriate, I know it’s beneath me to say this. But …

    I am reminded of the catchphrase from Niven and Pournelle’s Oath of Fealty: “Think of it as evolution in action.”

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      Not at all! Too bad some fraction of them already bred.

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