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NRA members and gun safety

2018-03-01 20:25:56.766501+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Looks like a reason to increase NRA membership! (And probably why my gun enthusiast friends are GOA members instead...): Harvard Medical School: A Surprising Safety Benefit — Firearm injuries drop during NRA conventions, research shows.

Various reprints of the press release:

The paper is a letter to NEJM, all the usual caveats apply: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1712773

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#Comment Re: NRA members and gun safety made: 2018-03-02 17:40:50.221911+00 by: Dan Lyke

Twitter thread by one of the authors.

I'm still trying to work out the meaning of this: The Washington Post says there's reasonable to be skeptical of the NRA's claim of 5 million members, but if 5 million members is true, that's 6-7% of American gun owners.

The NRA claims about 80k attendees at the National Convention.

So in in 62.5 NRA members goes to the national convention, or somewhere between 1 in 893 to 1042 gun owners. Yet when they go to the national convention, firearms accidents drop by 20%. I realize that's probably a lot of gun ranges closed, but holy crap!

#Comment Re: NRA members and gun safety made: 2018-03-02 17:49:46.542316+00 by: Dan Lyke

Related to that Harvard/NEJM thing yesterday which suggested that ~.1% of gun owners (NRA convention attendees) are linked to 20% of unintentional firearms injuries (probably because gun ranges are closed during that event), 30 day mortality risk is lower for patients admitted to teaching hospitals with acute myocardial infarction when the 2 big national cardiology meetings happen (mortality risk is the same for non-teaching hospitals): https://jamanetwork.com/journa...rnalmedicine/fullarticle/2038979

#Comment Re: NRA members and gun safety made: 2018-03-03 11:30:10.359489+00 by: DaveP

I realize that's probably a lot of gun ranges closed,

I don’t know of any gun range that closes due to any NRA convention. Haven’t seen it happen in over two decades of shooting.

#Comment Re: NRA members and gun safety made: 2018-03-05 01:53:47.955168+00 by: TheSHAD0W

What exactly counts as a "firearm-related injury"?

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