Monday, March 15, 2010

More gun crontrol = less crime?

"The blue line indicates the general trend of the data for Brady Score vs. Violent Crime. From this you can see that the lower the Brady Score (fewer gun laws) the lower the violent crime. Similarly, the higher the Brady Score (more gun laws) the higher the violent crime.

To be fair, the linear trendline is not a great fit for this data, but does give you a general idea of what is going on. If gun laws actually helped reduce violent crime you should see violent crime decrease as gun laws increase (i.e. the line would slant downward from left to right instead of upward). The take home message is that more gun laws (High Brady Score) do not correlate with a decrease in violent crime."

Data collected here and here.

Original material from here.

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