In a slow year in America there are more than 10,000 shootings, so what’s wrong with this guy that he could only find 1700 from an entire decade to include in his “study”? The “incompleteness” makes it look to me like either he was cherry-picking data points or his research skills are teh suck.
Just because someone got shot doesn’t mean that statistical data is available.
Besides, you don’t need to sample the entire universe. That’s the basis of statistical analysis. The only question is whether the 1700 case he was able to ID with enough info represents a statistically significant sample. It seems that it would.
This completely ignores the significance of the single most important component in the equation: the projectile itself. Particularly in handguns (and to a lesser extent in rifles), projectile performance is more of a determining factor than choice of caliber or cartridge. For instance, of those “mouse calibers” credited with the highest failure to stop rate, how many were shooting WWB or other “bargain” ammunition as opposed to something with an established track record as a SD/HD round? Because it stands to reason that someone no more invested in their own protection than to carry a .25 ACP also would give short shrift to ammunition selection. How would .380 ACP shooting Speer Gold Dots stack up against a 9mm shooting WWB semi-wadcutters? Or for that matter, birdshot vs buckshot vs buck-and-ball vs slugs in scatterguns?
Luck for you, more enlightened types (such as Dr Gary K Roberts) long since abandoned the caliber war and started looking at it from the perspective of the bullet.
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