Junk Science: “Surge” of Accidental Gun Deaths After Sandy Hook

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A recent study from Wellesley College economists, published in Science magazine  is a good example of how to torture data until you get the result you want.

The mass murder at Sandy Hook took place on December 14, 2012. President Obama of the need for more gun control on 19 December.  He talked about specific restrictions on 16 January, 2013. The events are so close to the end of the year, that an increase in accidental deaths should show in the annual data.

WISQARS CDC data base

The article in Science make the following claim. From sciencemag.org:

About 60 additional unintended shooting deaths, roughly 20 of them in children, occurred in the 5 months after the shooting, conclude the study’s authors, economists Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. For all of the 2012 calendar year,

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