VPC's latest "study"


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willbrink
July 22, 2009, 05:37 PM
I have not read it because the VPC holds zero credibility with me. We already know they have no issues fabricating "data" to support their agenda, but i'm sure people will enjoy ripping this "study" which is not worth the paper it was printed on....

31 Incidents Result in Criminal Charges or Suicide of Concealed Handgun Permit Holder

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concealed handgun permit holders killed at least seven police officers and 44 private citizens in 31 incidents during the period May 2007 through April 2009 according to a new study http://www.vpc.org/studies/ccw2009.pdf[/URL]) released today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). The release of the study comes as the U.S. Senate is expected to take up today -- Monday, July 20 -- an amendment to the defense authorization bill (S. 1390) that would create a de facto national concealed carry system, overriding the rights of states with more restrictive laws governing the carrying of concealed handguns. The amendment is sponsored by Senator John Thune (R-SD). Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has said he will filibuster the amendment.
Because most state systems allowing the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviewed shooting incidents as reported by news outlets. It is likely that the actual number of fatal criminal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.


The study, "Law Enforcement and Private Citizens Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders -- An Analysis of News Reports, May 2007 to April 2009," finds that during the two-year period reviewed --

* Concealed handgun permit holders have slain seven law enforcement officers resulting in criminal charges or the suicide of the shooter. All of the killings were committed with guns. An additional three law enforcement officers were injured in these incidents.
* Concealed handgun permit holders have slain at least 44 private citizens resulting in criminal charges or the suicide of the shooter. All but one of the killings were committed with guns. An additional six private citizens were injured in these incidents.
* In six of the 31 incidents (19 percent), the concealed handgun permit holder killed himself, bringing the total fatality count to 57.

VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, "State concealed handgun systems are arming cop-killers and other murderers. It is beyond irrational for Congress to vote to expand the reach of these deadly laws."
The study offers detailed descriptions of the 31 incidents, which occurred in 15 states. Law enforcement officers were killed in: Florida, Idaho, Ohio (two incidents), and Pennsylvania (two incidents). Private citizens were killed in: Alabama, Colorado, Florida (nine incidents), Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina (two incidents), Ohio (three incidents), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah (two incidents), and Virginia.
The Violence Policy Center (www.vpc.org) is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury.
here is the study

http://www.vpc.org/studies/ccw2009.pdf

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rainbowbob
July 22, 2009, 06:16 PM
I have not read it because the VPC holds zero credibility with me. We already know they have no issues fabricating "data" to support their agenda, but i'm sure people will enjoy ripping this "study" which is not worth the paper it was printed on....

Wait a minute...

You haven't read it but you are certain it contains fabricated data and isn't worth the paper it is printed on because the VPC holds zero credibility with you?

I (and I'm sure most others here) agree the VPC is a vile, truth-torturing, anti-freedom organization.

But they DO have some influence, and the only way to fight that influence is to know what they are reporting, carefully analyze it, and thoroughly refute it.

That process starts with reading the dang study! It does no good to post a link to a study and then just throw rocks at it.

I haven't finished reading it yet, but here is an example of the kind of gems found within it:

Texas concealed handgun permit holders had been arrested for more than four drunk driving offenses per week since the law went into effect.

What one has to do with the other, or why this suggests that handgun permits should not be issued, is anyone's guess.

I would be willing to bet that those drunk drivers with handgun permits were also issued driver's licenses. They may also have been issued library cards.

So what?

willbrink
July 22, 2009, 06:43 PM
"You haven't read it but you are certain it contains fabricated data and isn't worth the paper it is printed on because the VPC holds zero credibility with you?"

Yup. Was I not clear on that point? No, there's only so much time in life, and after enough fiction from VPC, Brady Bunch et al, I tend to ignore most of what they publish. I know it will be torn apart fully, and that may or may not increase my level of interest. I read studies all damn day, and when reading fiction, I like science fiction. Yes, I dismissed the VPC "study" without reading it, and lucky for me, their track record makes it easy. At some point, group X loses all credibility. They are one such group...

Jeff White
July 23, 2009, 12:07 AM
Already under discussion here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=463630

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