Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scientists: Guns in Homes Means Danger

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, titled,  "There's scientific consensus on guns - and the NRA won't like it," David Hemenway, a professor at Harvard's School of Public Health writes: 
Scientific consensus isn't always right, but it's our best guide to understanding the world. Can reporters please stop pretending that scientists, like politicians, are evenly divided on guns? We're not.
Of the 150 scientists who responded to a survey, most were confident that a gun in the home increases the chance that a woman living there will be murdered, that strict gun control laws reduce homicide, that more permissive gun laws have not reduced crime rates, that guns are used more often in crimes that in self-defense, and that a gun in the home makes it a more dangerous place to be.

Must be another reason the NRA appears to want a gun in everyone's hand. Is it the fact that a group of people who are accustomed to being on top of our country's hierarchies (the NRA is led mostly by white males) are using guns to make up for their lack of power and control as our hierarchies continue to fall?