Firearms casualties go down significantly during NRA conventions

During the three-day-long annual NRA conventions, members can’t bring their weapons along. As a result, some of the most enthusiastic gun owners (many of whom have very large, or multiple gun cabinets) in the US have less access to guns.

Guess what?

Gun casualties GO DOWN across the nation by about 20% during that time, a careful study has shown.

The researchers describe their study here. They compared statistics from emergency rooms and hospitals for the periods of time before, and found that firearms injuries went down by about 20% during NRA conventions, compared to the same days of the week, nation-wide, over the three weeks before and the three weeks of each annual convention. The effect is most pronounced in the South and in other areas of higher-than-average gun ownership.

And given that only 80,000 people each year attend NRA conventions, perhaps the conclusion is that it’s NRA members themselves that are at least a large part of the gun violence problem in America?

Published in: on March 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

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