Friday, May 18, 2007

Fake "facts", again.

As I've illustrated before, the world community is in a serious state of denial about the pervasiveness of shootings, even in the "first world". Usually, they are quick to point at "statistics" about how violent America is, how many shootings and "gun deaths" there are, and proudly declare that in all other civilized countries, these types of things have been almost entirely eradicated, and all because the government has completely taken away the guns from the civilians, you see.

It's all really quite simple. Just pass a law that forbids the general citizenry the right to firearms and that whole silly little bit about murders and mass shootings disappears, right? (snark)

I love it when the real facts are laid out for all to see, instead of manipulated statistics. Notice the date on that last link. Tell me, in light of the "complete" disarmament of the populace of the UK, with regards to handguns, how is it that well after the ban, criminals can acquire these handguns, in this supposed surge, if we are to believe the government and sources of this story?

I'm really quite tired of all the smoke being blown about, with the constant message that these statistical arguments are some sort of concrete truth. There is manipulation in there, in every conceivable form, and from differing sources. Anyone care to venture a guess about the conclusions that can be drawn from from them?

Answer: NONE!

Want to know why? If one can take off the blinders long enough to look at some other stuff, the picture becomes clearer. Despite the occasional shooting, we are a nation of peoples who somehow manage to get along, with little more than fist fights.

(Disclaimer: the NationMaster site is NOT comprehensive and has MANY gaps, in countries excluded, methods of stat collection, interpretation of stats, and does not take into account the differing laws, customs and norms of each country included. Therefore, it is rather unreliable in determining any kind of absolutes or even necessarily any trends that might be suggested by using their data or statistics.)

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Blogger Lin said...

A non-post related comment: Just noticed that you liked the book "Unintended Consequences." I spent an evening with the author and his wife as a dinner partner for the heir of a Belgian gun manufacturer that he was entertaining. It was a very interesting and delightful evening indeed.

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