The Roanoke Slant

This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: lbhagen@roanokeslant.org

Sunday, February 03, 2013

 

Roanoke Times Biased And False Gun Data Headline

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Roanoke Times, 1-28-2013, Pg 1: Trends in gun sales, deaths not linked. A state analysis shows that as gun sales continue to rise, gun-related deaths continue to fluctuate.
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“But two paragraphs down the study shows firearms related homicides DECLINED in four of the seven yeas from 2005 through 2011 – from 357 killed to 242, for an overall DECREASE of 32%”
“When state population increases are factored in, gun-related homicides FELL 37%”
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What is wrong with these Roanoke Times Editorial Girls who presumably have passed some kind of journalism courses that must have included reading comprehension?
Oh right!  It's the math thing they apparently can't handle!  Percentages are so hard!
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Just how obnoxious is this: Reductions in gun deaths of 32% and 37%, during a time when there was major increases in purchases of firearms by citizens in Virginia and the US, and the headline says: “Trends in gun sales, deaths not linked.”
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However, hidden from most folks view, back on Pg 12:
Guns: Analysis finds more guns didn’t lead to more crime, and
“It’s actually quite surprising and the opposite of what I would have Hypothesized.” Said T. Baker, VCU professor on decrease in gun deaths.
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Well yes, Hello! What a surprise that a “professor” tasked to develop a biased story against private ownership of guns would be “surprised” at this outcome!
Perhaps the good professor should click-on the NRA website for some reality and facts instead of basing his predetermined misdirected hypothesis on myths and misdirection.
http://home.nra.org/#
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/12/gun-free-zones-not-working.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/01/womens-choice-guns-or-restraining-orders.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/01/obamas-pravda-msnbc-lies-again-to.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2013/01/walmarts-self-imposed-ammunition.html
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