Statistics don’t lie. Politicians do.

Posted: October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

This interesting tidbit was in the January 2010 issue of Australian Shooter magazine:

“If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

That means you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S. capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US, than you are serving in the military in Iraq.”

Possible conclusion: Maybe the U.S. should pull out of Washington!

  1. Adam says:

    I’m just curious as to how you came up with this figure. Can you post the formula you used? That math seems INCREDIBLY off to me.

    I think it’s more like 1320 deaths per 100,000. Unless you are doing this by month, in which case I’d love to see the stats that say that there have been 1773.2 deaths per 100,000 in DC in the last 22 months.

    I won’t argue that DC and Chicago have some of the highest crime rates in the country, especially crimes that involve guns, but to compare those crime rates to a war casualty rate it kind of ridiculous.

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