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Irish Times Sept 21st - Opinion Piece

  • 21-09-2021 3:07pm
    Registered Users Posts: 543 ✭✭✭

    Interesting article on murder-suicide in today’s issue of the Irish Times.

    No proof or evidence is given for the statistics used in the piece or where these statistics were obtained.

    This is a direct quote from the said article.

    When we look, for example, to the US, we often attribute murder-suicides to the widespread availability of guns. And this is a second concern for us. There is widespread access to firearms in Ireland. Having means to execute violence is central to whether any murderous plan is enacted. It is currently estimated that seven per 100 people in Ireland have access to a gun. Seven in 100 people have access to the most lethal of means in their own homes.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,918 ✭✭✭✭Grizzly 45

    Same ol blather of the outdated and incorrect figures of 2008 or thereabouts and from "De examiner" articles last week. Lazy journalism there Orla.With the usual "look at America" bias. all dressed up in an article about "violence against wimmin!"

    "If you want to keep someone away from your house, Just fire the shotgun through the door."

    Vice President [and former lawyer] Joe Biden Field& Stream Magazine interview Feb 2013 "

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,420 ✭✭✭garrettod

    It could be interesting to ask her where her stats came from?

    7% equates to approx 350,000 based on today's population of 5m.

    I wonder if she knows that there aren't that many firearms licenced in Ireland?



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,420 ✭✭✭garrettod

    It's very insulting, if you ask me!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭tdf7187

    There's a similar article on the independent website, I started a new thread about it. Perhaps it should be amalgamated with this thread? Apologies, didn't see this existing thread.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭tdf7187

    You're being too nice if anything. There's no journalism in the piece whatever, it's "oh won't somebody please think of the childer" hysteria.

  • Registered Users Posts: 543 ✭✭✭JP22

    Unfortunately paper takes ink too easily plus today lots of people believe anything that’s published especially if its in national broad-sheets

    It seems modern journalists are certainly not as diligent or accurate as their predecessors of old.