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GUNS: Article misleading, an insult to intelligence

Letter by Thomas G. Silva, Lakewood on Sep. 25, 2013 at 11:19 am | No Comments »
September 25, 2013 11:19 am

Re: “Blood on the Constitution” (TNT, 9-22).

Shame on you for printing such egregiously misleading information about guns and the U.S. Constitution. You have committed the worst type of editorial sin, and you will not get away with it for long.

You cannot keep insulting people’s intelligence by publishing misleading or false information and calling it editorial license.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s annual report of FBI crime statistics, for the decade ending in 2010 there were a total of only 165,068 homicides from all causes between 2000 and 2010, of which 3,920 were ruled justifiable; 54,065 were committed with other weapons or means other than a gun.

That leaves 111,289 homicides by firearms for the 10-year period, with 215 possible but not proven. Writer Rosa Brooks claims 247,131 firearms deaths in the period 2003-2010.

However, two other gun categories – “Other” and “Firearms, Type Not Stated” (usually homemade “zip guns” – account for 1,800-plus murders each year that are included in that 9,263 figure.

The truth shall make itself known in spite of all attempts to keep it hidden.

 

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