Saturday, May 24, 2008

The anecdote don't fit

In his latest screed, Paul Helmke attempts to associate Police Officers feloniously killed w/ the sunsetting of the AWB:

We can do something about the challenges faced by our local men and women in uniform. We can adopt policies to make it harder for dangerous people to get their hands on dangerous weapons - doing things like requiring background checks for all gun sales, and restricting easy access to military-style weaponry.

Unfortunately for him, the facts don't fit. We've all seen the fact that only about 2% of criminals get their firearms from gun shows so let's look at the AWB:

In 2007, there were 57 officers feloniously killed. While at first glance that would appear to be a trend increase from the 48 killed in '06, looking back a little farther shows that's not the case. In fact, 57 is the same number that were killed in '04 when the AWB was still active. The year after was '55. Since '97, only one year ('99) had a number below 50 with two years reaching 70. All during the AWB.

Of firearms used, the number of rifles (the FBI data doesn't distinguish 'assault weapons') didn't drop below double digits until 2005, the year after the AWB, w/ it remaining there through '07.

Of the 55 alleged assailants identified, 42 had previous criminal arrests, including 11 who had been arrested for assaulting an officer or resisting arrest.

15 of the 55 alleged offenders were under judicial supervision (e.g., probation, parole) at the time of the fatal incident.

And just to make it extra-special disingenuous, here's the details from the anecdote Paul uses:

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, March 23, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Charged with capital murder

Go wipe your shoes Paul, you're tracking up the place.

Update: One of Paul's lackeys, Doug Pennington, actually comments w/ the usual appeals to authority and popularity and promptly gets his rear handed to him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As I'm sure you know, Pennington replaced Zach as assistant communication director. I'll go check out what he wrote.