Finally, a gender I can claim with a clean conscience. (h/t Firehand on elmtreeforge.blogspot.com) It’s like Gender #33 or something but my ship has finally come in, baby!
The relevant article:
“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” President Barack Obama warned us. To justify this claim and many other similar quotes, Obama’s administration cited a then-unpublished paper by criminologist Adam Lankford.
Lankford’s claim received coverage in hundreds of news stories all over the world. It still gets regular coverage. Purporting to cover all mass public shootings around the world from 1966 to 2012, Lankford claimed that the United States had 31 percent of public mass shooters despite having less than 5 percent of the population.
But this isn’t nearly correct. The whole episode should provide a cautionary tale of academic malpractice and how evidence is often cherry-picked and not questioned when it fits preconceived ideas. …
This is my shocked face. *yawn*
Lankford’s data grossly undercount foreign attacks. We found 1,423 attacks outside the United States. Looking at just a third of the time Lankford studied, we still found 15 times as many shooters.
Even when we use coding choices that are most charitable to Lankford, such as excluding any cases of insurgencies or battles over territory, his estimate of the US share of shooters falls from 31 percent to 1.43 percent. It also accounts for 2.1 percent of murders, and 2.88 percent of their attacks. All these are much less than the United States’ 4.6 percent share of the population.
Of the 86 countries where we have identified mass public shootings, the US ranks 56th per capita in its rate of attacks and 61st in mass public shooting murder rate. Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Russia all have at least 45 percent higher rates of murder from mass public shootings than the United States.
Norway, for pity’s sake! These clowns have no shame.
Ammosexual is a great idea. If I’m sexually oriented towards firearms then all those sexual orientation protection laws can be used in place of the Second Amendment, should the need arise. I’m sure God will understand if I have to
marry civil-union my arsenal in order to follow Christ’s advice of living with a sword on my hip. Firearms have front holes, too!
(If you don’t understand the new context of “front hole” then don’t ask for as long as possible.)