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Sometimes we are forced to wonder at the brilliance (or lack thereof) of some of the anti-gun fanatics, including members of the mainstream media such as a recent study. Did you know that bigger bullets are deadlier and smaller bullets are not as deadly?

Hasn’t that been a basic principle ever since guns were invented? For most domestic guns, smaller bullets travel faster and do less damage when they hit an object. That’s why many states ban the use of small caliber guns for hunting larger game animals.

Yet, for Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post seems to believe he has discovered this for the very first time and is now touting this as a way to reduce the number of firearm deaths. If we reduced the caliber of all guns, fewer people would be killed.

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(Vox)The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham on Friday highlighted a study published in the journal JAMA Network Open that found larger-caliber firearms are much likelier to kill a shooting victim than smaller-caliber ones. Caliber measures the internal diameter of the barrel of the gun, or how wide the bullet is.

Analyzing data on hundreds of shootings in Boston between 2010 and 2014, researchers Anthony Braga of Northeastern University and Philip Cook of Duke University discovered that on a bullet-by-bullet basis, shootings with larger-caliber guns were deadlier than smaller-caliber handguns, but they’re not more accurate. Shootings with a medium-caliber weapon were 2.3 times likelier to result in death than with a small-caliber gun; large-caliber guns increased the odds of death by 4.5 times compared to small-caliber guns.

The implication, Braga and Cook wrote, is that replacing medium- and large-caliber guns with small-caliber guns would have resulted in a 39.5 percent reduction in gun deaths…

The biggest flaw with their logic is that many bad guys will still have bigger guns with bigger bullets while law-abiding citizens will be left with the smaller guns and smaller bullets that will be less effective for purposes of self-defense. You have to remember that a wounded person can still kill you, but a dead one can’t.

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