Monday, April 28, 2008

Bait n Switch

Bryan Miller's latest post takes a page from the VPC playbook by hoping you don't actually look at the cites and changing terminology to confuse people.

Bryan:The United States has, by far, the highest rate of gun homicide among those countries commonly known as industrialized, namely Organization for Ecomonic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members

Actually, according to his own linked IANSA document, Mexico, an OECD member since '94) is considered "industrialized" and has a higher per capita homicide rate than the US. 5.11 vs 3.92. Brazil, Russia, and South Africa are also considered "industrialized" (all G8+5 members), are not members of the OECD , strict gun control laws, and have much higher firearm homicide rates than the US "by far". 21.07,(homicide around 20/100K) , 22.04.

Of course this gets in to the debate that "industrialization" somehow equates to moral and ethical values as there are many non-industrialized countries that suffer from high crime/homicide rates as well as the opposite.

But don't let facts get in the way of a good rant.

It also is noted that Bryan changed terminology from "gun deaths" as listed in the VPC "report" to "gun homicides".

Bryan:the five US states with the lowest per capita rates of gun homicide also have low rates of gun ownership

VPC: Washington, DC�States in the South and West with weak gun laws and high rates of gun ownership lead the nation in overall firearm death rates according to a new analysis issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

So Bryan, was the change intentional or did you just "mis-state" it?

SIH has more.


Anonymous said...

The only thing twisted is Bryan's panties.

Anonymous said...

Along with his logical reasoning capacities, grasp of reality, argumentative skills... The list goes on.