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Playing with statistics

When you’re saying stuff to the press, you can make it simple and base it on a partial truth, because most people hear it and process it immediately, then forget about it. An interesting debunking:

The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.


I include this here because this type of sleight of hand is very common. I will leave bickering about guns, crimes, drugs, Mexico, etc. to others but I think it’s vital that people become critical of media and learn to recognize these types of journalistic fallacy.

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