Saturday, December 14, 2013

Facts to ponder

Suicide kills more people than all of the world’s armed conflicts combined.

The CDC counts about 32,000 people killed with guns each year, while Slate’s database only has one-third of that. Why the huge discrepancy? Earlier this month Slate launched an effort to categorize the gun deaths in our system. That effort verified the source of the discrepancy: suicides. We’ve missed nearly all gun-related suicides, because our information is based on media reports, and the media typically avoid reporting on suicides.

Gun violence minus suicides:

Gun violence plus suicides:

Guns, Suicides and Natural Experiments (Marginal Revolution)

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