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October 17, 2005

Ummmm, guns!

WE CAN'T LET THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN EXPIRE! BLOOD WILL RUN IN RIVERS DOWN THE STREETS! GUN BATTLES ON EVERY CORNER! HOUSES POCK-MARKED WITH BULLET HOLES! SCHOOLS OVER-RUN WITH GRUMPY TEENS WITH GUNS!

Oh, wait - no, that's just prime time tv.

The reality is a little more prosaic.

And, I'm being a little disingenuous, given the ban expired in September 2004. The 2005 numbers will be more instructive. Still, Sarahillary BoxSchumerstein *can't* be happy with that news.

Something to keep in mind while reading that - you are getting raw numbers and percent changes. So, what's missing contextually to help you better evaluate the news?

Well, best would be an apples to apples comparison, such as those figures given as a function of murders per hundred thousand people. That would be a good number. But it's not as fun as raw numbers for shock value. Showing the percent increase is okay - but it would be nice to know what the percent increase in the population was over the same time period... just to keep comparing apples to apples... Gives one a sense of perspective. Like the fact that a gross drop in discrete events, combined with the population increase actually makes the drop comparatively larger... just a thought.


SNERK! "Could cause serious injury..." If to nothing else, a career! H/t, CAPT H. (yeah, this *was* in the post below... you're not seeing things I just decided to move it up here).


In other news... Press Outraged Over Staged Flag Raising.


Well Damn! Despite our best efforts, too! War is on the wane... geez, where's them eeeevil Neocons when you need them? Jobs are at stake here! I blame Bush.