Monday, September 05, 2005

Finally, an admission of guilt from Kellermann.

Larry Elder scores again!

This is something I've been waiting for since 1993.  Get this:
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's website displays this oft-quoted "fact": "The risk of homicide in the home is three times greater in households with guns." Their web site fails to mention that Dr. Arthur Kellermann, the "expert" who came up with that figure, later backpedaled after others discredited his studies for failing to follow standard scientific procedures. According to The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Kellermann now concedes, "A gun can be used to scare away an intruder without a shot being fired," admitting that he failed to include such events in his original study. "Simply keeping a gun in the home," Kellermann says, "may deter some criminals who fear confronting an armed homeowner." He adds, "It is possible that reverse causation accounted for some of the association we observed between gun ownership and homicide -- i.e., in a limited number of cases, people may have acquired a gun in response to a specific threat."
Ah, sweet justice. 

Kellermann is also the DICKWEED who came up with the famous and much quoted figure of a gun in the home being 47 times more likely to kill a family member than a criminal.  In fact Mr. Kellermann was pretty much a one man quote factory for the gun grabbing Left for twenty years, until Newt Gingrich's 1994 congress killed off his funding from the CDC.

These days he peddles bunk about bicycle helmets.  How the mighty have fallen.

The Phantom (Justice!)

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