Is Your Grandma Packing Heat?

According to this article on Fox news, 37% percent of Americans over 65 keep a gun for self-defense. The article states seniors are "more likely to own a gun than any other age group", but it's hard to evaluate that statement without knowing what the other "age groups" are. Perhaps the appearance of growing gun ownership among those over 65 is a mere statistical artifact caused by the fact that the "age group" of "over 65" continues to grow as life expectancy lengthens.

Beware contextless statistics, especially if they say something you'd like to believe.

Link via Claire Wolfe.

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I wonder how many of these

I wonder how many of these firearm owners are actually new to it. My father has been an avid gun collector and owner for his whole life and is very close to 65. Ditto for his friends. Could this be Boomer-related upward pressure on the number of people owning guns?

"Beware contextless

"Beware contextless statistics, especially if they say something you'd like to believe."

Isn't that the truth.

My grandmother carried a .38

My grandmother carried a .38 Special (Detective Model). I know. I bought it for her.