The two pertinent rates – the number of firearms per capita versus the number of firearm-related fatalities per capita – correlate with a coefficient of -0.79744, indicating a strong, negative correlation between the two sets of data.
If you look at the raw numbers – the number of firearms, period, versus the number of firearm-related fatalities, or “gun deaths” – they correlate with a coefficient of -0.27315, which remains a negative correlation.
As always, correlation does not necessarily indicate, or even come close to proving, causality; but I am also not trying to prove causality. However, the notion of “more guns = more ‘gun deaths’” does try to claim causality, when there is absolutely no positive correlation to support such a causal link.
Therefore, the hypothesis of “more guns = more ‘gun deaths’” still cannot be true.
March 22, 2017
graphics matter, 2017 edition
[And this is why the anti-gun people have to lie. They should be arrested and prosecuted for conspiracy to deprive people of their rights.—Joe]