Welcome back to another weekly edition of my blog. If you are just joining me, i recommend you go back and definitely read the previous blogs to get a better idea of why I am writing. Also don’t forget to check out the links I have provided to interesting and informative articles under the Must Reads tab,
Today I want mainly talk about an article from the National Shooting Sports Foundation that was released a few years ago. The article, titled Hunting is Safer than Golf and Most Other Activities, attempts to convince the reader that Hunting is one of safest activities you can partake in. On the surface, this statement seems absurd and as you look into the research of the article, it becomes clear that it truly is absurd.
The report essentially used data from the National Sporting Goods Association to estimate the number of of sports participants in the U.S. They then used estimates from the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System to total the number of injuries for each sport. Divide the number of sports participants by the number of injuries for each sport and voila, hunting is the 3rd safest sport in America.
It is easy to see how this report misrepresents the facts. My first question is how did they account for the hundreds of yearly deaths that occur while hunting that are extremely rare in any other sport. In fine print, the report states “Injury versus fatality data by activity are unavailable.” Seems just a little too convenient if you ask me.
In a very well written rebuttal by Nick Leghorn from The Truth About Guns, we find the truth behind the research flaws in the original report. I will do my best to give you a quick synopsis but I highly encourage you inform yourself by reading the entire report.
To start, the number of hunting accidents reported by the NSSF combines data from the CPSC and the International Hunter Education Association. Somehow, the CPSC only accounts for two categories for hunting accidents but has six categories for fireplace accidents. Also while the original report largely relies on data from the IHEA, it fails to inform the reader that IHEA numbers are purely voluntary coming from states Department of Natural Resources where some states do not submit any data whatsoever. This largely underestimates the actual number of accidents involved in hunting. Like I previously stated, the rebuttal also touches on how the report does not account for the severity of the injury. Refusing to account for deaths automatically skews the data presented. Overall, the report by the NSSF is inadequately researched and intentionally misrepresented.
I have had a few people bring up this report to me in the past few weeks when I have been doing research for this blog which is why I wanted to share the truth with you. These people did as many do and took a biased report at face value. They did not do their own homework and were misinformed.
Thanks again for joining me on this adventure and I look forward to continuing to share my findings with you. Feel free to leave a comment.
Until next week,