December 27, 2006

A LOOK AT THE BRADY CAMPAIGN AND VIOLENT CRIME:

Brady has issued grades for states. These grades are gun control rankings from A to F, with an A indicating more gun control and more in line with Brady’s goals. Strangely, most of the increase in violent crime occurred in states that earned higher Brady rankings.

If from this you conclude that the Brady Campaign is responsible for violent crime . . . well, then, you’re operating at the level of statistical literacy at which the Brady Campaign itself usually operates! But it certainly doesn’t say anything good about their approach

UPDATE: Related item here. “Enactment or failure to enact Brady’s legislative priorities had no correlation to murder rates. If a state were to go from F to A, from virtually no gun control to everything on Brady’s agenda, the only result would be a joyful press release from Brady. It is quite interesting to see an advocacy group impeached by its own grading system.”