This makes me wish I had not been born in Philadelphia. Charles Branas, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, must be a gun-banner. I would bet if you picked a professor at random from any public college, you would have a 90%-plus chance of picking a gun-banner.
Lewis Page of The Register quotes Charlie the Gun Banner (my name for Mr. Branas) as saying “This study helps resolve the long-standing debate about whether guns are protective or perilous.” He concluded that carrying a gun increases your chances of getting shot.
The U of P people “randomly” selected 677 people who have been shot in Philadelphia. Six percent of them had been carrying a gun. They compared this group with another group of people who were assaulted and not shot. From all of this, Charlie concludes that “people with a gun were 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not possessing a gun”.
One would expect to find in the sampling of people who were shot in Philadelphia to have a higher percentage of firearm possession. The reason for this would be that most shootings are in areas of Philadelphia that definitely do not follow the City of Brotherly Love description. The shooting are primarily in gang-infested areas of the city.
The real reason the 677 people had such a low rate of firearm possession is that once they are shot, is their peeps usually take the gun so the injured person is not busted at the hospital of being a felon in possession of a gun which carries a 10-year vacation in a federal penn with no parole.
Despite the low percentage of 6%, that 4.5 times increase in being shot is puzzling. Maybe the “random” selection of gang members or innocent bystanders to drive-by’s a little skewed.
Oh well, the liberals will do anything to try and “prove” guns are bad.
Mr, Brannas, you should read another professor’s book, More Guns; Less Crime by John R. Lott Jr. and then reassess your data set and conclusions. You can get it for $9.89 on Amazon.
It is amazing that my guns do attract bullets; they make me buy more ammunition!