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Over the years, I have found that very few gun control advocates look at the data or believe the data when they do look at it. They tend to pick and choose what parts of the data they can use or manipulate in order to promote their anti-gun agenda. I’ve actually had several gun control fanatics over the years emphatically tell me that they don’t care about the data or what the data says, guns are dangerous and they kill people. In other words, they have a belief that they will defend in spite of what the data actually says.

Leah Libresco is a statistician and data is her life. She was very pro-gun control, until she took time to look at what the data actually says and what it says is not what gun control advocates claim. Consequently, she is no longer pro-gun control.

Statistician Leah Libresco said she used to be for gun control. Then she looked at the data.

Writing at the Washington Post, the former newswriter for the data journalism site FiveThirtyEight explained her epiphany.

“Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.

Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence.”

If more gun control advocates were honest enough like Libresco, there would not be any arguments or controversy over guns and gun control. The data clearly shows that as a group, gun owners ae the most law-abiding group of people in the nation. Then tend to obey other laws, not just gun laws. They are more responsible and less likely to commit a violent crime, but it’s very hard to get that through to many gun control advocates.

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