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Firearm Violence Exposure and Serious Violent Behavior

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Science  27 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5726, pp. 1323-1326
DOI: 10.1126/science.1110096

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  • Correlation and causality confused again

    The authors' study indicates a strong correlation between witnessing gun violence and later participation in violence. Similarly, there is a strong correlation between observing individuals dressed in shorts and higher outside temperatures, but no one would argue that the folks in shorts caused the high temperatures. The authors entirely fail to account in their analysis for the (to this writer, obvious) potential that...

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