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Reuters Editorializes on Gun Control


This Reuters article, “No solution in sight for U.S. gun violence,” reads more like an editorial than a news piece:

It’s an American way of death. More than 30,000 people die from gunshot wounds every year, through murder, suicide and accidents.

That is an average of 82 a day, and prospects for reducing the toll are dim.

I did a bit of research, and found this article from the Harvard University Gazette:

As tragic as these homicides are, however, they represent only the tip of an iceberg of gun deaths in the United States.Every year, more than 30,000 people are shot to death in murders, suicides, and accidents.

“The total number of school shootings each year is typically far less than one day’s toll attributable to firearms in the United States,” notes David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Research and Control Center. “Defective Firestone tires may have killed 103 people over a number of years, but firearms kill about 85 people every day in this country.”

The only problem: the Gazette article is from 2000 — more than six years old. This means that one of two things is true. Either, the rate of people killed by guns has not increased over six years — very good news. Or, Reuters is relying on six year-old data. Whichever is the case, Reuters is simply opining on gun control, and is using the recent school shootings as an opportunity to do so.

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds links to this article on a half-billion dollar gun buy-back program in Australian that has done, well, nothing.


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