Dangerousman wrote:I guess that professorship isn't in a scientific field.
Really? It is difficult to take anything you say seriously if you continue to pretend you don't know what an online username is. See, I know you're not stupid, D-Man, and I know you're not a bugaboo. So why use Stupid bugaboo tactics? Especially if you're gonna tell other people they need to grow up?
Dangerousman wrote:If we're comparing a gun versus knife, let's compare THEM, and not the people holding them.
That's exactly what I did when I said a gun was more likely to cause death than a knife.
The facts are on my side. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/267/22/3043.abstract
Results. —Firearm-associated FIAs were 3.0 times (95% confidence interval, 0.9 to 10.0) more likely to result in death than FIAs involving knives or other cutting instruments and 23.4 times (95% confidence interval, 7.0 to 78.6) more likely to result in death than FIAs involving other weapons or bodily force. Overall, firearmassociated FIAs were 12.0 times (95% confidence interval, 4.6 to 31.5) more likely to result in death than non-firearm-associated FIAs.
The hospital mortality rate for gunshot wounds was 8 times that for stab wounds.
Only 32% of our gunshot cases underwent a significant recovery as opposed to 61% of stab cases and 44% of the motor vehicle crash victims.
105 patients suffering from gunshot and stab wounds were admitted...Patients with gunshot wounds had a significantly higher mortality rate
Do I really need to continue? Taken together, the overall picture is clear. More people get stabbed than shot, yet far more people die from being shot than stabbed. Conclusion: Guns are more likely to cause death.
(On a side note, there is evidence
that fewer gun wounds would translate to significant economic savings, regardless of whether the amount of overall violence decreased or not.)
Finally, the reason why your "identical" man thing is idiotic is because it doesn't reflect reality. Not only does such a matchup rarely occur, one of the reasons why people like guns is that they don't necessarily* rely on the size or strength of their wielder to get the job done. A gunshot from a 6'6" bodybuilder and a gunshot from a 7-yr. old in a wheelchair are equally injurious.
*Hope I used this word correctly!