CDC's gun injury data is not reliable

FiveThirtyEightBut the gun injury estimate is one of several categories of CDC data flagged with an asterisk indicating that, according to the agency’s own standards, it should be treated as “unstable and potentially unreliable.” In fact, the agency’s 2016 estimate of gun injuries is more uncertain than nearly every other type of injury it tracks. Even its estimates of BB gun injuries are more reliable than its calculations for the number of Americans wounded by actual guns.

An analysis performed by FiveThirtyEight and The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering gun violence in America,1 found that the CDC’s report of a steady increase in nonfatal gun injuries is out of step with a downward trend we found using data from multiple independent public health and criminal justice databases. That casts doubt on the CDC’s figures and the narrative suggested by the way those numbers have changed over time.

Interestingly, the CDC's counterfactual rising trend covers both Bush and Obama's presidencies. That doesn't make it non-political; instead it means that President Bush either didn't object to the anti-gun slant to the data, or didn't control the agency.

This entry was published Wed Oct 10 01:35:37 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-10-10 01:35:37.0. [Tweet]

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