Unintentional Firearms Fatalities in Canada are Rare

According to Statistics Canada, unintentional firearms fatalities are quite rare in Canada. Here is an analysis I did a few years ago.

Despite the ready accessibility of Statistics Canada data, the Globe and Mail recently headlined bogus statistics claiming an exaggerated number shooting injuries. This article was based on a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a magazine that frequently publishes pseudo-scientific articles on guns.

This study makes basic errors that few Canadians understand, certainly not the journalists at the Globe and Mail. Nor did the Globe bother to check the claims made in the bogus CMAJ study.

This CMAJ study includes as “youth” anyone up to and including 24 years of age. An age that few would regard as a “youth.” As well, the study takes an exceptionally broad view of “shooting” — including “shootings” by paint-ball and BB guns.

GLOBE AND MAIL – ONE YOUTH SHOT ALMOST EVERY DAY IN ONTARIO, STUDY FINDS
BY CARLY WEEKS, The Globe and Mail – Last updated Monday, Mar. 27, 2017
7:47AM EDT
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/researchers-urge-firearm-safety
-strategies-after-study-shows-high-number-of-unintentional-injuries/article3
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Hat tip to the vigilant members of CCFR who quickly caught the erroneous claims in this bogus study.

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