CNN is going on once again, twisting statistics, saying a few things that are true, but totally missing the bigger picture.
Their brilliant conclusion: “The indisputable fact is that where there are more guns, there are more gun deaths.”
See the slippery logic in this statement? It’s a true statement, but ultimately says nothing at all.
Let’s say Montana had zero guns in it. POOF - no gun deaths.
Now let’s say Nebraska has one gun it that killed one person - POOF - more gun deaths.
CNN’s point is thus proven, but provides nothing useful.
CNN’s article also ignores the bigger problem: homicide rates.
Here are the top ten states in terms of homicide rates in descending order:
Here are the top ten states in terms of gun ownership rates in descending order. Those with asterisks are in the top ten in both lists:
This indicates a very different reality than that presented by CNN. Only 30% of the top ten homicide states are also in the top ten gun-owning states. And even then, they are BOTTOM 50% of those states in terms of gun ownership.
Fully 70% of the top gun-owning states are not found in the top ten states in terms of reported homicides.
It’s just not as simple as CNN is trying to spin it. There is no definitive, causal relationship between gun ownership and greater homicide rates. If anything, the reverse seems to be true.
I know - I’m preaching to the choir!