Le Kellermann est mort, vive le Kellermann!

If you see the name Kellerman on a gun control study, always check the data.

Gun Culture 2.0

I have been critical of Arthur Kellermann’s gun research in the past, and I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but in reading for my post on the validity of gun ownership statistics came across another reason Kellermann’s name is so often taken in vain by those defending the gun culture in America.

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In their 1995 article on the validity of gun ownership surveys, Rafferty and colleagues write:

Kellermann and coworkers conducted a landmark study validating responses to the question, “Are guns of any kind kept in your household?” in a face-to-face survey in Memphis, TN, and Seattle, WA.

Well, “Kellermann” and “landmark” in the same sentence merits a closer look. Unlike the Rafferty study, the Kellermann study is not freely available on-line, but everything important can be gotten from the abstract.

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Beginning with 75 homes of owners of recently registered handguns, they were actually able to…

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