Sunday, July 13, 2014

Math is hard for gun control nuts

Okay, the Washington Post is now officially just mailing it in. Here is the headline from the editorial board from the July 8 online edition:

Maybe Chicago’s death toll will help stop the madness on gun access
That’s right folks - if only you gun wielding Bible toting rable rousing rednecks would just see the light. Because you undereducated imbiciles from the south choose to keep your guns, the already unbelievable murder rate in Chicago will only increase!

Wait, say what??? If you read the op-ed, the board would have you believe that if you make it harder to get and keep a weapon legally in say, Vermont or Wyoming, it somehow increases the murder rate in Chicago. Isn’t that like the administration’s message - by lowering  the United States’ carbon emissions to economically crippling levels, it would magically reduce the carbon emissions in India and China.

Had the Post actually, you know, done some of that journalism thing - you know where the writer actually investigates the topic they are writing on - maybe they’d of found this nugget:

In Chicago, a city of 2.7 million people, fewer than 8,000 people are licensed to own a gun – less than 0.3%. The city’s gun-homicide rate is about 18 per 100,000. In Vermont, by contrast, where 42% of the population are gun owners, the rate of gun murders in 2010 was 0.3 per 100,000. So Chicago has a gun-homicide rate about 60 times Vermont’s, despite Vermonters being 150 times as likely to own a gun. To put that another way, in Chicago the ratio of the gun-homicide rate to the percentage of citizens who legally own guns is nine thousand times higher than it is in Vermont.
Oops, that’s gonna leave a mark. I swear the editorial board at the Post is sounding  more and more like the prime time line up of MSNBC. And you know how well that’s working out for them.

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