Wow.... That study and suggested supporting logic is some of the most political twisted and biased I believe I've seen since the days before the 2012
election. That's saying something, considering the absurd lengths both sides went to for that period. Whew..... I think I needed a 'Happy Pill' myself
after reading this thread, just to maintain sanity! (Munches some more M&M's with a big smile.
Now they look at the national map and discount every factor ..or flat out ignore other major ones, save one. Political affiliation as a general
constant. To their thinking, because a few obvious ones don't correlate, affiliation must be the answer!
Well.... I'm FAR from the only one at ATS with a solid working knowledge and understanding of statistical sampling or projections and how this is all
accomplished to come up with a load of crap like that. ...and crap it is.
Since the Study writers are so hip-hot for focus exclusively on Red/Blue, I'll take that glove off the the floor and slap them with it. Lets DO look
at red/blue and see...just what there is to see, shall we?
That would be the ultimate break down of county by county political affiliation across the United States of America as evidenced by the voting of the
citizens in the 2012 election. Some may note the rather..AHEM...warped nature of that map vs. the official outcome? I'd just remind everyone, we don't
live in a Democracy. We live in a representative republic. Usually, the two have little difference. Sometimes, that difference is breathtaking...such
as the map above. (The source was Politico in post election analysis).
You'll also notice something else, since the study writers are absolutely obsessed with the concept of red/blue for something like gun violence...and
it's something you CANNOT see on a dishonest representation simply running by entire state. Even within the Red States, there be Blue islands. Those
Islands generally represent the major population centers within a state. (i.e., those areas that come to define high crime on the FBI Statistical
charts, nation wide).
In specific example, their map shows Arkansas to be among the worst tier of states with Missouri in the next teir. What their....creative...use of
national mapping of statistics fails to note is that the bulk of crime in Missouri is concentrated in two places. The Kansas City Metropolitan area
and the St Louis Metro area. See those little blue dots on either side of the North of Missouri? The left one is Kansas City and the right one is St.
Louis. Likewise, see that blue dot, roughly center in Arkansas? That is the Little Rock Metropolitan area. The blue concentration on the right side of
Arkansas is the West Memphis metro area, abutting Memphis, Tennessee. Those two areas hold a good % of the crime stats for the state of Arkansas.
Despite the HONEST specifics I note above, they still dishonestly portray them as simply red/blue categories for their study. Now, I use terms like
Honest and Dishonest ...which, themselves, don't precisely fit. What they did here was, technically speaking, accurate. It's technically proper by
^^^ and THAT is the problem. THAT is why you *NEVER* *EVER* look at a study and just say 'Doh! it says so, and kinda sorta makes sense! So, gee
whizzy, it must
be so!". Unless you've looked at the way the numbers were collected, used, abused and reassembled to the agenda of the man
making the result? The study is meaningful only as general reference in larger opinion. Not much else.
In this case? I wouldn't even call it THAT worthwhile. Oh.... There is another thing, and it's a big one. Since they seem to focus on Arizona a hair
more than ought to be?
^ ^ ^ Those signs appear along Interstate 8 in Arizona and a variant for the last line changed, they appear south of Phoenix along at least 2
secondary roads I've personally seen. Ya think that might have a TINY bit to do with why an otherwise fanatic state regarding Law and Order is hitting
the top spots for gun and other violent incidence? Well...the people who wrote this study sure don't seem to.
Critical thinking is about the Motto to this website. Deny Ignorance ....by knowing what it looks like when you see it.
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