Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More Brady Campaign Bullsh*t

The statistics in this graphic are correct, I assume, though they are incomplete. I’m not disputing their correctness. I am disputing the intent of those who created this graphic & the fact that it implies, which is that the USA is a far more murderous nation than any other simply because of the fact that we can personally own guns.
I Googled the 2011 population of each of these nations and divided it by the numbers of murders by gun given in the graphic. Below are the percentages, per capita, of murders by gun for each nation:
Finland: 0003%
Australia: 0002%
England: 00007%
Spain: 0001%
Germany: 0002%
Canada: 0005%
And …
USA: 003%
Yes, the USA has more deaths by gun, per capita, than all these other industrialized nations. But the difference is in the thousandths of a percentage point. Statistically, the USA simply does not experience a significantly greater number of murders by gun than these other nations. At all. Why? Because our population is significantly greater than all these other nations. Do you hear that Piers Morgan?
See what knowing the facts, actual empirical evidence, does? Kinda changes the way you look at this graphic, doesn’t it?  
And if the Brady Bunch and their minions were to get their way, you can be sure there would be a lot more tragedies like THIS