Damned Lies and Statistics

 

The far left and their minions in academia and the media love to play with and distort statistics. Given the recent spate of “mass shootings” across the nation, it behooves us to examine what critieria were used for the lastest claim–that there have been more than 250 “mass shootings” so far this year. An astounding figure!

This alarming statistic, 250+ mass shootings, originated at this site. Their figure was cited in various national mainstream media reports.

Based on a perusal of the incidents, the group seems to count any single incident in which at least 4 people are shot, but not necessarily killed, excluding the shooter.

This differs from groups that count any single incident in which 4 or more people (not including the perpetrator) are killed.

Congress counts shootings in which 3 or more are killed.

Other organizations count incidents where 5 or more are killed. And on it goes. Suffice it to say, the definition varies.

Therein lies the rub. When various groups use different standards to define “mass shootings,” then it becomes quite easy to manipulate public opinion (and scare and horrify the public) by suddenly inflating the count.  Thus, the alarming statistic that more than 250 mass shootings have occurred in 2019 so far.

Then, conveniently, they can claim that mass shootings are on the rise under this president and that there have been more mass shootings during his administration than under the previous president. They will deliberately use the old definition to count mass shootings under Obama and the new definition to inflate the figures under President Trump. See how that works?

The far left and their minions push the narrative that young white males are responsible for mass shootings, the vast majority of them being motivated by white supremacist ideology.

The far left and their minions also push the narrative that white supremacists are domestic terrorists who should be pursued as avidly by law enforcement, using the same tools, as are terrorists motivated by Islamist jihadist ideology.

So it serves their purpose nicely after three “mass shootings” occur in a short time to repeatedly report the distorted 250+ mass shootings statistic, to create panic and urgency so the knee-jerk Congress will pass longed-for gun control legislation.

The far left and their minions didn’t, however, count on an enterprising researcher to do what the mainstream media ought to do: prove or debunk the pervasive claim that “most” mass shootings are perpetrated by young white males motivated by white supremacist ideology.

Read about the research here and see the results in a brilliant nutshell here.

As the old saw goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Those are the faces of 98 individuals who were arrested or charged for mass shooting incidents this year. (Many incidents have not yet resulted in arrests; in other words, the cases aren’t solved.)

Note: After criticism, the person who compiled the collage is currently modifying it to show only people charged with the crimes, and so will exclude those arrested but not (yet) charged.

As the article explains, the research

shows the problem isn’t confined to white men or motivations of white supremacy.

If there’s a thread, it’s young men whose biological father was missing in their lives. After the Parkland school massacre in Florida, the Heritage Foundation cited a study showing that among the 25 most-cited school shooters since Columbine, 75 percent were reared in broken homes.

Most, according to psychologist Peter Langman, an expert on school shooters, came from homes that also experienced infidelity, substance abuse, criminal behavior, domestic violence and child abuse.

The far left and their minions, however, have one goal and only one goal: gun control, if not total gun confiscation. They’re not interested in looking for root causes. They’re not interested in researching the role that broken homes, single-parent homes, psychotropic drugs, mental illness, bullying, social media addiction, violent video games, pervasive depression and low self-esteem among the young, among other factors, play in motivating mass shooters.

The far left and their minions begin with the preferred solution (gun control, hopefully confiscation) and work backwards, changing facts, distorting words and definitions, and twisting statistics to suit their single-minded purpose.

In this upcoming election year, Americans have their work cut out for them to see through and cut through the lies and deceit, the manipulation, coming our way from the far left and their minions in the media (including social media) and in academia.

THINK for yourself. RESEARCH for yourself. Above all, don’t believe every talking point repeated ad nauseum in the mainstream media.

The more you hear something repeated, the more important it becomes for you to research what lies behind the claims.

The future of our freedom, our laws, our Constitution, our Republic depends upon an informed populace. This may be, probably will be, the most important election in our lifetimes.

We are at a crossroads in our country.

Choose wisely.

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83 responses to “Damned Lies and Statistics

  1. ~ …Buba2 …rocks it … BIG!!!
    I hope that when Trump is giving his 2020 victory speech he gives a shout out for the people who worked tirelessly to guarantee his re-election. They include, The NY Times, AOC, Rep Omar, Rep. Tlaib, Rep. Pressley, Colin Kaepernick, Nike, Rep. Nadler, Rep Schiff, Sen. Schumer. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, the 9th District Court of Appeals, Hollywood, Michael Moore, the 20+ Democrat Candidates & the Main Stream Media, with a special thanks to >>> Jim Acosta!

  2. yep ..a GREASE Down … chicken-legs & GREENS… care 2 share?
    How Pete Butt-igieg found God ? ? … give US a BREAK! please…

    Run spot Run.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/16/politics/pete-buttigieg-religious-journey/index.html

    • Such a joke. It’s all “in your face,” to PRETEND that he’s Christian and throw Christianity back at people who are Christians.

  3. LOVE is in the A I R !!!! ….O’ GREAT …

    Clinton IT Aide Who Defied Subpoena ….Says He Created A Cryptic
    Gmail Account …… And Sent It Nearly All Of Hillary’s Emails

    All but 4 of Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails were copied, ….likely secretly,
    to a Gmail address called CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, according
    to a new Senate report.
    The FBI says that the account was linked to Paul Combetta, an IT aide Clinton hired who used BleachBit to destroy emails after they were subpoenaed and misled FBI agents.
    Combetta said he sent all of her emails to the Gmail account as part of trying to copy them to a new server. Combetta was copying Clinton’s emails off of an old laptop that he was supposed send back in the mail, but there’s no evidence he returned it, according to the Department of Justice Inspector General.
    When an intel agent discovered the copying to a third-party account, he said Peter Strzok seemed uninterested. The intel agency feared the email account could be a link to a foreign power, but the FBI refused to explain it to them.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/16/hillary-clinton-emails-cryptic-gmail/

    • This sort of explains why there wasn’t a big outcry about “China” having all Hillary’s emails. In this case, however, the guy obviously has lied to authorities, if only by omission (not mentioning that HE had copies of the emails he admitted to Bleach Bitting), so that VOIDS his plea bargain and the emails ought to be easily obtained OFF THE CLOUD or from backups that Google no doubt has. But of course, we know whose “side” Google is on so …

    • On the other hand, this sounds like disinformation. Why the “clever” name of the email account that SOUNDS LIKE but isn’t a Chinese company?

  4. ~ The Congressional Black Caucus Should Thank Donald Trump ~

    Rather than attacking at every turn and continually accusing President Trump of racism, as the Congressional Black Caucus constantly does, the CBC should be grateful to Trump for finally doing what no other president in modern history has — gotten national attention drawn to their districts.

    In a recent release, CBC Chair Karen Bass stated, “Today, President Trump doubled down on his racist attacks against Congressman Cummings…” Truth is not racist, but Trump, it seems, cannot criticize any person of color without it being seen as such. However, the issue should not be about racism it should be about truth, and Trump’s accusations about Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-MD) district being a rat-infested hellhole are largely true. Trump didn’t call Cummings a “n*gger”, he didn’t say “That black fool is incompetent.” Others may have read that, but it isn’t what he typed.

    What Trump has done is focus national attention on a U.S. congressional district in dire need of help — federal, state and local, and the only reason that attention is now there is because of a single Trump tweet.

    Those who claim to care the most about blacks should be the most grateful, but they aren’t. They are instead focused on accusations of racism and securing (taxpayer-funded) freebies and benefits for illegals while the constituents they supposedly serve wallow away in squalor.
    But fear not, downtrodden, after all these decades help is on the way.
    ….. Thanks to a simple tweet. <<<< !
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/the_congressional_black_caucus_should_thank_donald_trump.html

  5. ~ How Al Sharpton Abandoned Africa’s Slave ~
    The eminent African-American economist Glenn Loury recently wondered in the New York Times why leading Democrats would defend Al Sharpton, a man who is a blatant anti-Semite, an anti-white racist, and to many, a simple con man.
    Joe Biden calls him “a champion in the fight for civil rights.” Elizabeth Warren says “he has dedicated his life to the fight for justice for all,” and
    Kamala Harris lauds him as a man who “has spent his life fighting for what’s right.” Records show that
    …. Obama had Sharpton visit his White House >>> 118 times. <<<

    This, after Sharpton’s many outrages: the Tawana Brawley rape hoax of 1987, the anti-Jewish Crown Heights riots of 1991, and the firebombing of a Jewish-owned Harlem fashion boutique in 1995.

    Al Sharpton had the chance to marshal the power of America’s black community to help free today’s slaves. That black power, political and moral, has been won with courage, persistence, and volumes of blood. It is evoked in the example of Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave who went back into the South to bring more of her people to freedom. She explained, “I have heard their groans and seen their tears, and I would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them.” Al Sharpton heard the groans of enslaved black Africans, saw their tears, and then, seeing the way the wind was blowing, ran away.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/08/how_al_sharpton_abandoned_africas_slaves_.html

  6. “May God ruin Trump”, Tlaib’s grandmother says< what a dick!
    like grand-mom … like grand-daughter …ha' if it is her gm? .. sad
    ~ TechnoVikingTechnoViking …
    Haven't seen each other in 13 years…something tells me this visit was all political & after that fell apart, the spin machine has started. If you haven't seen family in over a decade, they really aren't family anymore.<<< !!!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/may-god-ruin-trump-tlaibs-142442317.html

    • You simply cannot make this stuff up. What kind of moron? In what universe is this considered even marginally okay? Secret Service–do your job. Imagine if Trump supporters, AT A RALLY, did anything remotely like this. As it is, they’re tarred with the bigot/racist label when DemoncRATS infiltrate and stage racist events or speech. But NEVER do you see any Trump supporter ritually simulating the assassination of ANY DemoncRAT candidate. This isn’t the first time, either. Kathy Griffin comes to mind. Remember how they hung Sarah Palin in effigy? Simulated murder of GWB, too. It never ends and yet WE are the ones accused of being potential domestic terrorists. One could see this also as a hate crime against a white president. How much of the hatred, the unreasoning hatred, against Trump is due to anti-white, anti-male RACISM and SEXISM? That question is never explored or asked. And yet We the People, with plenty of reason to oppose Obama, were labeled racists simply for opposing his policies, words, and actions. Nothing to do with his race (whatever it is–white, black, “desi,” Indonesian, Hawaiian, Papuan, Ambonese, your guess is as good as anyone’s).

    • One would think that it’s a given that an employee of a prison MUST cooperate with any investigation or else no longer BE an employee. Are they being fired? If not, then WHY NOT? Now this part:

      “Fox News has also learned that 20 of 21 prison staff posts were filled between the hours of 4 p.m. and 12 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, the day before Epstein was found. Of those prison workers, six of them were working voluntary overtime. Between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 18 of 19 staff posts were filled. Of those 18 staffers, 10 were working overtime and all but one of those were doing so voluntarily. …”

      Am I reading that correctly? Are they saying that THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE WORKERS WERE NEW ON THE JOB? Only one not new, perhaps a ring leader? WTH?

      • I remember reading somewhere that one of the guards (only one?) wasn’t really even a certified guard. So how many of these were REAL guards and REAL employees or were they all planted for just one night? Does anybody even know WHO they all were? This reminds me a little, perhaps not an apt comparison, but still–it reminds me of how the FBI ran the anti-Trump investigations outside the normal method. They used political appointees and hand-picked “small group” of anti-Trump people and then continued that into the Mueller investigation. WHY WEREN’T the rank and file, trained FBI investigators and agents used? We know the answer.

  7. Same methods. Same organizers?

    https://www.weaselzippers.us/429921-video-antifa-snuck-in-concrete-chunks-to-throw-at-people-during-portland-event/

    “In a video posted by Elijah Schaffer, you can see as Antifa members open black cases containing chunks of concrete. Members can be seen breaking up the concrete and passing out the chunks. These chunks were then thrown at the windows of busses containing Trump supporters as the busses were stuck in traffic. …”

    Was this in place of the concrete milkshakes or an adjunct?

    Compare:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/08/three-nypd-officers-hurt-by-roving-mobs-at-brooklyn-project/

    “Roving, cop-hating mobs erupted in violence, taunts and gunfire in Brooklyn overnight into Sunday, leaving three officers with minor injuries.

    At least some of the injuries were caused by “air mail,” objects thrown down at cops from rooftops, police at the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant told The Post. …”

    Airmail. Milk-shaking. What’s next?

    You’d almost believe that the FBI doesn’t work for Trump.

  8. Have you read the latest spin? Now we’re to believe that white supremacists are “co-opting” environmentalism in order to spread white supremacy to brain-dead millennials and other young people. That’s how they’re twisting themselves into pretzels to explain away the FACT that several of the domestic terror shootings were done by LEFTISTS. You see, they’re not REALLY eco-terrorists: They’re white bigots PRETENDING to be eco-terrorists.

    It becomes OBVIOUS that THEIR WORDS, their promotion of the FALSE MEME that the world will end in 12 years, that there’s no future for young people because we’re destroying the planet through global warming–their OWN conspiracy theory–is CAUSING THESE EVENTS. These shooters believe they have no future because of global warming and destruction of the environment. The guy in El Paso, if that really was his manifesto, said as much–that he has no future. His anti-illegal-immigration sentiment derived from the FACT that the left claims that “climate refugees” are caused by global warming (caused by us) and that they’re going to have to come into the U.S. (we are to blame, after all) and THAT will in effect destroy our culture, our Republic, our sovereignty.

    So IF he was anti-immigration at all, it was a part, and only a part, of his overarching belief in the conspiracy theory of global warming. Brought to us and promoted by the mainstream media and progressives (who use it to promote their POLITICAL AGENDA), and so the OBVIOUS response is that it’s THEIR WORDS, THEIR RHETORIC, that caused these shootings and nothing POTUS said. Using their OWN “LOGIC,” they’re the ones with blood on their hands.

    AND SO, they MUST twist the narrative and turn eco-terrorists (created by their own rhetoric) into white supremacists in sheep’s clothing.

  9. More anti-WHITE racism, and it’s still racism even if the promoter of the lie is white himself: https://www.weaselzippers.us/429888-michael-moore-suggests-racism-behind-lack-of-response-to-lead-in-water-in-newark-if-this-was-a-white-city/

    If Newark were a “white” city, then people would have cared more about lead in the water. Nearly EVERY inner city has lead in the water because inner cities are where lead piping was used in the early 19th century. These cities were full of people of all colors back then, especially whites, though, and those people were ALL exposed to and suffered from the effects of lead poisoning. We could argue that nobody cared until the cities turned black. But that would be as much B.S. as Moore’s complaint. Besides which–WHO RUNS THESE CITIES AND WHAT COLOR ARE THEY? If the mayors and others in power are black, then how can white people be to blame?

  10. double-dick … 4 sure … what a nut .. what a ROLE model …ha’ bad news
    ~ TheAtomicMysteryWeasel •
    When you play on a “professional” team that was beaten by high school
    boys “ridiculous” and “f***ing joke” aren’t the kinda of aspersions you want
    to be flinging about.

    ~ Julie TheAtomicMysteryWeasel •
    The more Vile she becomes the more Repulsed we are.
    ……. YEP!!! … Our President is doing such a great job.
    Hard to believe her own father voted for Trump….PERFECT!!!
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/08/anti-american-soccer-player-works-to-extend-her-15-minutes-of-fame-rapinoe-dismisses-ridiculous-trump-as-a-fking-joke/

  11. ‘Pocahontas’ Apologizes For ‘Mistakes’ — Like That Time She Claimed Native American Ancestry … 4 >>>>>>> 40 … Years !!! WOW!
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/08/pocahontas-apologizes-for-mistakes-like-that-time-she-claimed-native-american-ancestry-for-40-years/

  12. ha’ a photo’s all important 2 KEEP the SCAM “FRESH” !!! YEP! O’ no
    https://www.whitehousedossier.com/2015/03/12/sharpton-photo-bombs-obama-selma/

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