Just to follow up on some of the "research" similar to that presented by proponents of SB898 (still alive for next session in 2018).
I wrote to all the proponents (the police departments, attorney general's office, and organizations that cited "research" re domestic violence and "guns") of SB898 and asked a lengthy list of detailed questions about the factual basis for the frequency, rate, and total number of cases that would be effected/potentially avoided by SB898. I had worded the questions in such a (detailed) way that it left little "wiggle room" were an actual honest answer given to the questions. Not only did I not receive an answer from any of the recipients, but I did not even receive one single acknowledgement of them having received my inquiry. You'd think if they had the clear and convincing evidence to further elucidate their claims that they'd gladly provide it. But they chose not to even respond at all. I have to wonder why.
Here is a recent article that sheds some light on why they didn't answer (using the vernacular: because they are full of shit) published by Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO). It's worth a read, and includes a link to the "research" being critiqued (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/jwh.2016.5832#http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/jwh.2016.5832
). I read a bunch of this stuff ("domestic violence"/"Intimate Partner Violence" [IPV] research), and though the research is constructed to give a certain "appearance", if you actually take the hours necessary to delve into the non-cherry-picked details, they often contain the data needed to largely, or at least partially, disprove their own hypothesis.Guns and Domestic Violence—Surprising Findingshttps://drgo.us/?p=5400
[Ed: Sorensen’s study has been trumpeted by anti-gun media for implying greater incidence of PTSD in domestic violence involving guns. But there is far more (and less) to these findings than that.]
Guns are almost never involved in incidents of Intimate Partner Violence [IPV] (or “domestic violence” as more commonly termed). This is according to a new report, “Guns in Intimate Partner Violence: Comparing Incidents by Type of Weapon” by Susan Sorensen, PhD of the University of Pennsylvania. Using Philadelphia police filings during 2103 she found that of 35,413 incidents in only 1% was a gun observed [NOT "fired" necessarily] at the scene
The main finding to her was that when a gun was “involved” in IPV, the victim felt more fear. But two much more significant findings that she did not emphasize were that “Aggressive offender behavior—pushing and shoving, grabbing, pulling hair, slapping, punching, kicking, biting, stabbing, and strangling—generally was more common when hands, fists, or feet or a nongun weapon rather than a gun was used, and, “victims against whom a gun was used were less likely to have visible physical injuries.” Both of these, of course, argue against the importance of guns in domestic violence incidents.