Take These Stats and Shove It!


image by William A. Loeb

We’re back from hiatus and ripping mad.  Looking forward to the DNC, after the lies and mendacity from the no-neck monsters at last week’s RNC fib-fest.  “We won’t have our policy influenced by fact-checkers.”  Indeed! 

But today, we’re keeping it closer to home.  Midget Mike (Bloomberg) trumpets Compstat metrics on NYC’s safety. 

The summer has been horrendous, in terms of violent crime in the less cushy precincts of New York.  Spout statistics to the mother or father of a promising kid cut down by gunfire for no damn reason.  Does it purge the pain of loss?

Your reading assignment: this powerful story by Michael Powell in today’s issue of The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/nyregion/in-the-safest-big-city-a-summer-of-guns-and-death.html?hp.  Keep up the good work, Mr. Powell.  This is a story that needs to be told, especially in a country where Congressional leaders are owned by the NRA, an organization that has de-evolved from a sportsmen’s enthusiast group, to a hard-right band of unacceptably blindered, small-market supporters of assault rifle ownership, large capacity magazines, and lax or non-existent firearm registration.

Keep all the muzzleloaders and single-shot muskets you want, Red State boys!  Because those were the firearms of choice when the Constitution referenced the right to keep and bear arms.  Shotties, slammers and Sigs were not in the equation at that particular time.

Read the story.  What do you think?  Discuss and report back here.