Mayors Against Illegal Guns – How Effective Are They?
The MAIG group’s mission, according to their web site is:
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a national, bipartisan coalition of mayors working to make America’s communities safer by keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands. Co-founded in 2006 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the coalition has grown from a committed group of 15 members to more than 1,000 mayors from 46 states, including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, from major cities and small towns around the country.
It appears that their research and gun violence statistics might be incorrect in a couple of areas. John Lott points out the MAIG includes the following in their gun violence numbers:
. . . they list all cases where a police officer or civilian fatally shot a criminal as victims. They also listed all suicides as victims of gun violence, completely oblivious to the fact that research shows that these individuals would have committed suicide some other way. It might also be nice to differentiate gang shootings from other deaths. . .
Read more at John Lott’s site.
Why would they include criminals who were shot by civilians or police officers in their numbers? They also include suicides, and as Lott mentions, folks committing suicide can find alternative ways to do so, whether or not they have a gun. Another area that Lott mentions with regard to the MAIG gun violence research and numbers is not differentiating gang shootings.
I can only imagine that those additional deaths will inflate their numbers and skew their results. How unfortunate for the general public who often rely on these organizations to protect them. Make sure you get a second opinion with regard to the gun violence numbers that are used, as John Lott does.
Read more here.