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WaPo Proves Gun Safety is Increasing for Young People October 1, 2015

Posted by geoff in News.

I know I’ve been picking on the Washington Post a lot lately, but they’ve been deserving every bit of it and more. In fact, I may have to make it a daily or even twice-daily feature, because they suck so badly at journalism and facts.

Hot on the wake of the Oregon shootings, they published this post:

Shooting in Oregon: Young people are far more likely to die by guns than in cars

And they provide this handy chart to support that headline:


Yup, as the plot shows, the rate of motor vehicle occupant deaths is smaller than the total rate of gun deaths for people between the ages of 15 and 24. Then they point out that homicides are about 60% of gun deaths, so case closed, there are more homicides than motor vehicle occupant deaths.

And yet. Somehow they managed to get through the entire article without mentioning one key fact: both motor vehicle death rates and gun death rates are declining. Motor vehicle occupant deaths in that age group declined by a stunning 65% (from 1999 to 2013), while gun deaths declined by 20%.

So rather than representing an epidemic of gun deaths, their stats show an improvement in motor vehicle safety for young people.

I won’t even get into how crude their statistics are, with no analysis based on demographics or geography.


1. aproposofnothing - October 2, 2015

I bet if you remove Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and DC from those gun death stats, they rate would be below MV occupant.

2. geoff - October 2, 2015

Fortunately the Obama administration wants to enforce equality of housing by exporting high density, low income housing to the suburbs, so soon we’ll all be able to enjoy urban gun death statistics.

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