Friday, May 11, 2018 by Ethan Huff
A popular medical journal recently took a swipe at the Second Amendment with the publishing of a ridiculous letter to the editor that claims firearm-related injuries drop every year during the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA) – the implication being that law-abiding gun-owners are largely responsible for gun-associated injuries and deaths in the United States.
It was the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that laid claim to these statistics allegedly showing reductions in firearm injuries during NRA convention dates, particularly among men living in the South and West of the U.S., and in states with the highest rates of gun ownership. The study also claims that gun-related injuries and deaths decrease ever year in the state where the NRA convention is held.
The study goes on to claim that these alleged findings are “consistent” with the authors’ apparent preconceived notion that legal gun owners are complicit in most gun-related accidents – and that these accidents noticeably decrease during “the brief period when many firearm owners and owners of places where firearms are used may be attending an NRA convention.”
“Our results suggest that firearm-safety concerns and risks of injury are relevant even among experienced gun owners,” the study concludes.
In case you think this is some kind of joke, it’s not. Anupam B. Jena, M.D., Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School, and Andrew R. Olenski, B.S., from Columbia University, the two authors of the letter to the editor published in the NEJM that makes these claims, are dead serious in their pseudoscientific hypothesis that the meager percentage of American gun owners who attend NRA conventions every year actually make a noticeable impact on gun injury and death statistics.
As pointed out by Beth Baumann from TownHall.com, this is an impossible stretch of the imagination, of course. There are somewhere in the vicinity of 310 million guns in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center, and nearly half of all Americans own at least one.
There are nearly 330 million people currently living in the U.S., which means that roughly 100 million of them probably own at least one gun. Considering that only about 80,000 people attend NRA meetings every year – or less than one-tenth of one percent of all gun owners in America – this suggests that any data supposedly claiming to have identified a statistical reduction in firearm-related injuries and deaths due to NRA meetings is completely fabricated.
The NRA agrees, having issued its own counter claims against what the NEJM decided to irresponsibly publish. In a statement, NRA Director of Public Affairs, Jennifer Baker, told CNN that the letter to the editor represents “another example of when data and numbers fly in the face of logic and common sense.” She added that it’s statistically impossible for firearms-related injuries to plummet 20 percent when such a tiny fraction of gun owners attend NRA conventions every year.
“That’s absurd,” she stated bluntly, adding, “you don’t have to be a Harvard researcher to see those numbers simply don’t add up.”
If anything, this was just another desperate attempt by lunatic liberals to paint American gun owners in a negative light. And in the process, they exposed their complete stupidity when it comes to computing basic math.
“And this, folks, is why we can’t have any kind of adequate research done on guns and their role in society,” commented Baumann for TownHall.com. “We have too many people in the health field trying to turn their political beliefs and agenda into ‘facts.'”
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