Double-Blind Study: No Difference in Lethality of Lead or Steel Shot
Not that this will end the argument or anything…
At the end of 2014, The State of Texas completed a 2-year study to, “evaluate the effectiveness of lead vs. non-toxic shot should ammunition regulations change in the future.” As a result of its double-blind methodology, there was “virtually no difference between lead and non-toxic shot.”
I, for one, am very happy to see such detailed study going into the debate of shot selection. Armed with this information, those looking to move to alternative shot materials should be able to rest easy that the performance of the shot will meet lead’s high standards.
Now here’s a a neat party game for you to try sometime. The next time you hear some gun grabbing screwball yammering on about how good gun laws are and how the boogeyman will get us all if we don’t keep (and make more of) them, point them towards the little tidbit that’s duplicated below and then remind them that the US murder rate is careening towards the lowest point that it has seen since the turn of the last century. Yes, even in places like Detroit and Washington, D.C., the murder rate is heading for the basement.
That’s right: if the current trend continues, the homicide rate in the United States will drop to below what it was in 1901, sometime within the next 30 months. Within that same period, American gun ownership may — for the first time in history — rise to the level where there are as many guns in the US as there are humans.
A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) finds that the number of people with concealed firearm carry permits has reached an all-time high, and that increasing the number of permit-holders is associated with a decrease in murder and total violent crime.
The study notes that the number of carry permit-holders has increased most sharply during the Obama administration, from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million currently. Furthermore, coinciding with Pew Research Center polling finding that support for gun ownership and opposition to gun control is increasing among young people, minorities and women, the CPRC study found that carry permits are increasing more among minorities than among whites, and more among women than among men. Both sets of findings contradict gun control supporters’ claim that gun ownership is confined to elderly white males.Continue reading »