In madness continues to multiply. The latest bit of manipulated data making the rounds among gun nuts arises from an extremely dubious claim on what other site but Breitbart.com?
Awr Hawkins looks at murder rates across the country anddeclares he's found the new weapon gun control advocates should try to ban: hammers. "For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle."
How strange, you might think. Can this be true? Well, as "The Slog" notes in a neat little piece of debunking, that's because our friendly right-wing conspiracy lover is talking about rifles, and only rifles. Not handguns, shotguns or other kinds of weapons. "But of course, being a Breitbert writer, Hawkins blithely ignores the other 8,260 firearm-related homicides in 2011 attributed to shotguns, handguns, and other unidentified guns."
That makes our friend at Breitbart.com one of the most tortured twisters of statistics I've ever encountered. A quick look at the data reveals that out of 12,664 total victims on the chart, 8,583 were killed by firearms. That's basically two-thirds,
That's basically two-thirds, more than any other kind of weapon.
. It seems fairly obvious that someone armed with a hammer would have a hard time murdering 26 people in under 10 minutes.
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