Speaking of fake news, we turn to junk science, where the University of California-Davis Research Program has always held first place when it comes to so-called research related to the gun issue.
In the continuing junk science sweepstakes, UC Davis and published Jan. 30 in Injury Prevention that claims individuals who legally purchased handguns in California, prior convictions for driving under the influence (DUI) and other alcohol-related crimes were associated with a substantial increase in risk for subsequent violent or firearm-related crime.
“Prior DUI and other alcohol-related convictions among legal handgun owners in California increased the risk of arrest for a violent or firearm-related crime fourfold to fivefold, UC Davis study finds. Prior DUI and other alcohol-related convictions among legal handgun owners in California increased the risk of arrest for a violent or firearm-related crime fourfold to fivefold,” the study finds.
A press release released by UC Davis claimed that “prior studies of the general population have established strong associations between acute alcohol intoxication or a history of alcohol abuse and an increased risk for suicide, homicide and other forms of violence using firearms. They also have shown that DUI offenders have a high prevalence of excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-use disorders and are more likely to engage in criminal activity, including violence and weapon-related crimes.”
GunMag readers can get a better analysis of this report from Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership’s website: drago.us.