Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Scientific research and 'gun violence'
There's an interesting two part article at BoingBoing on the topic: 'Science and gun violence: why is the research so weak?' I won't bother to reproduce bits of them here, because it's worth reading both articles in full to get the flavor of the author's arguments. Briefly, she argues that because of the way data is collected, then analyzed, it's seldom sufficiently thorough or rigorous to draw conclusions.
Here's my take on the subject. I think there's far too much partisanship among scientists to trust the data they collect. Most of them seem to start from a given perspective - that guns are either good or bad - then look for data to defend or justify that perspective. As a result, I look upon so-called 'scientific' arguments for or against firearms ownership with a jaundiced eye.
What say you, readers? Go read the two articles, then let us know your opinion in Comments.