Surprising figures   17/12/2012

Tim Blair brings clarity to hysteria as sloppy media milk a tragedy for every teardrop.

As the number of guns in the US increases, the deaths keep going the other way. “The rate of gun-related murder and manslaughter fell 11 per cent from 2008 to 2010, the most recent year for which comparable statistics are available,” Businessweek reported in October. Moreover, “the gun-killing rate has fallen a total of 51.5 per cent since 1993.”
This is not to diminish the shocking slaughter of 27 people, most of them very young children, in Connecticut. There is no moral way that a crime on this scale can be understood as anything less than pure evil.

It seems that every two-bob commentator in Australia is demanding the US tighten gun controls, ignoring the practical, legislative, economical and political impossibility of such action.

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3 Comments for 'Surprising figures'

  1.  
    greg
    17/12/2012 | 4:47 pm
     

    Well spun.
    Last year 8 people died in Great Britain due to hand guns.
    10,728 died in the States.

  2.  
    18/12/2012 | 7:10 pm
     

    Greg, please expand on that. There is insufficient information in your comment to arrive at any conclusion.

  3.  
    Brian of Thirlmere
    19/12/2012 | 10:18 am
     

    No, this isn’t a case of “sloppy media” trying to “milk this “tragedy for every teardrop”, it’s much colder and uglier than that. The global media frenzy on this issue is simply about exploiting the murder of children for the purposes of petty, point-scoring. Plain and simple. In much the same way that death from natural disasters – today referred to “catastrophic” events and “super-storms” – are exploited to further the cause and fan the fears of so-called man-made climate change. Once, announcements of hundreds dead from typhoons in the third world were usually prefaced with … ‘and in other news’. Now that these dead are useful, they’re well and truly given the tabloid treatment. Connecticut merely represents a slight variation on this disturbing theme.

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