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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Gun Control and the “Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc” Fallacy

 

It always irks me when I read an article about the supposed effect of a policy change, say a gun ban in the UK or Australia, by looking at the effect on some variable (gun deaths, mass shootings, etc.) after the legislation was passed. The problem is that you can mistakenly conclude a causal relationship between the policy and its impact when none exists. It’s the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy, “after this, therefore, because of this.”

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Ouch. Less than 24 hours after Obama once again praised Australia for its strict gun control laws, someone has launched a hail of bullets at a major police headquarters in western Sydney, killing one employee. Worse still, it seems the gunman might’ve had an agenda of the Type We Dare Not Speak, with media outlets now describing […]

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