Tuesday, June 17, 2003

STATISTICS AGAIN. THIS TIME, OF THE "DAMN LIE" VARIETY

How many times have you heard the blather about the danger of guns in the home and how it has been proven (strong word) that the probability someone will be wounded or killed with their own gun should cause you to (in the words of the author of this article) go bury them.

Gee -- surprise -- it turns out that's not what the statistics say at all.

And it provides yet another great example about how a flawed study (by the University of Pennsylvania) is selectively quoted by The New York Times to prove a point of view.

Don't ya just love it?


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