They're used to be a game show back in the 1960s called, "You Don't Say". Their tag line was, "It's not what you say that matters, it's what you DON'T say!" That holds true when somebody is quoting statistics, but especially when it's the mainstream media and the White House.
USA Today ran two stories today about the evils of guns. The first story cited statistics from the FBI under the patently misleading headline, "Mass killings occur in USA once every two weeks". OMG run for your life! This is the kind of hysteria-seeking behavior the media is so well known for that also has the effect of encouraging copycatters to claim their 15 minutes of fame.
The authors report doing serious research in FBI statistics to make this claim.
Here's what they don't say. First of all, what the FBI means by "mass killings" (4 or more deaths at one crime scene not including the perp), is not the same thing that a man on the street thinks when he sees that term in a headline. But that's what you get from a couple of "journalists" with an agenda.
In spite of the article's claim to the contrary, the FBI does have statistics for 2011. Out of 12,664 homicides , there were nearly 1.5 times as many committed without a firearm as there were committed with a firearm. In 2009 and 2010, there were 1.4 times as many robberies committed without a firearm as there were with one, and in those same two years, there were nearly FOUR TIMES as many aggravated assaults committed without a firearm as there were committed with a firearm.
Surprise! The press and the White House are liars and spinsters.
The second article by USA Today ("President Obama appointed Vice President Biden to lead a team to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat gun violence") describes a concerned President Obama putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge (snork) of "find[ing] ways 'to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day,'" which is another melodramatic baldfaced lie. As stated above, violent crimes and homicides occur far more frequently without a firearm than with one. 1) A bad thing to be sure, but hardly an epidemic; 2) as the statistics show, the problem is not guns. The problem is crime and mental illness; in short, PEOPLE!
An epidemic of spoons wasn't what made Rosie O'Donnell fat!
Additionally, nobody is claiming that we should not try to reduce crime despite the president's assertion that there "can't be an excuse not to try."
Never let a good crisis go to waste. --Rahm Emmanuel
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