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Originally posted by Maxmars
I have long awaited for an appropriate moment to share this "anonymous" tidbit of which I have heard...
Statistics that are born of the government are NEVER to be taken at face value. It is a trick of "clever management" to skew the numbers by "interpreting" the data as it is recorded. THAT interpretation dictates the 'appearance' we are 'being convinced of'.
This excellent item you have given us exemplifies the trick, which you saw through almost instantly.
And here is the question: You and I and practically the rest of the population are NOT actually tricked by these overt attempts to sway opinion. Only those who "follow" seem to be incapable of understanding the intent behind the item. Why then, do they still believe it works? Why do it?
We know that people die at a given rate in society. It happens. Examining the minutiae and parsing the data in such a way as to pretend that the picture painted is reality is sort of a tired tactic, and I can't believe it can be so effective as to actually persuade people that we must now fret over guns. By this logic we must also realize that sex kills. As does eating... and breathing... and living at all.
"There is terror in numbers," writes Darrell Huff in How to Lie with Statistics. And nowhere does this terror translate to blind acceptance of authority more than in the slippery world of averages, correlations, graphs, and trends. Huff sought to break through "the daze that follows the collision of statistics with the human mind" with this slim volume, first published in 1954. The book remains relevant as a wake-up call for people unaccustomed to examining the endless flow of numbers pouring from Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and everywhere else someone has an axe to grind, a point to prove, or a product to sell. "The secret language of statistics, so appealing in a fact-minded culture, is employed to sensationalize, inflate, confuse, and oversimplify," warns Huff.
Originally posted by EarthCitizen07
Yeah lets take all the drug related, prostitution, extortion rackets and generalise to high hell that guns=death!
No. People kill people! if no guns are used, then baseball bats/knives/karate/brass knuckles...whatever is available. I have lived in rough neighborhoods growing up so I know wtf I am talking about!
Have you ever killed someone with something other than just a gun? It's horrifying. You'd have to be a serial killer to do that more than once, and countries with tighter gun control laws have less serial killers.
Originally posted by Daedal
As it is, accidents or negligence with cars is much more deadly in total numbers compared to accidents or negligence with guns.