Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression “mass shooting” incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.
The bureau’s annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst. Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate for political purposes the true risk of being a victim of random gun crimes.
“The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” said Lott, a frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com and author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies, but there has always been a Chinese wall separating the FBI raw data collection from political pressures.”
Asked for comment, Katherine Schweit, the FBI’s section chief of the bureau’s Active Shooter Initiative, said only Tuesday night that its report isolates active shooter incidents and evaluates available data based on methodology detailed on the FBI’s official website.
Behind a link that says “Beware the Leopard!!!” no doubt.
In essence, the government suddenly threw out their old numbers and methodology and instead took up the Brady Foundation mantle of looking at media reports.
Less 24 hour media, less reports available. Viola! More mass shootings since 1976 and a HuffPo headline.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard mitigation plans that address climate change.
This may put several Republican governors who maintain the earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to do nothing about it, into a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. Over the past five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters.
“If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn’t want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics,” said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program. “The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state” because of his climate beliefs.
The policy doesn’t affect federal money for relief after a hurricane, flood or other disaster.
This is the same as Homeland Security denying funds to governors for not drawing up and implementing a civilian firearms registration scheme.
Pittsburgh – The Boilermakers Local 154 made an offer Tuesday in Braddock that about 30 people could not refuse. In exchange for turning in their guns, no questions asked, people were given tokens to begin a six-month training program in welding.
For the price of giving up a firearm, participants in Guns for Opportunity will get training in a trade that can lead to almost immediate employment once the person is fully certified. Since the training typically costs thousands of dollars and can mean a good job, the deal can have a much bigger payoff than gun givebacks that offer gift cards.
The Boilermakers Local 154 also sweetened the deal by waiving high school diploma or GED requirements for admission, eliminating a barrier for many young, unemployed and underemployed people.
I still don’t like “gun buy-back” programs. But at least this one can’t be sold for a buzz.
The average selling price of a home in the city has been on a steady decline since the shooting of Brown last August, according to housing data compiled from MARIS, an information and statistics service for real estate agents. Prior to Brown’s death, the average home sold in 2014 was selling for $66,764. For the last three and a half months of the year, the average home sold for $36,168, a 46 percent decrease.
The trend has continued on through this year, with the average home selling for only $22,951 so far in 2015. Another negative indicator: in the eight and a half months leading up to Brown’s death, the average residential square foot in 2014 was selling for $45.82. In the eight and a half months since Brown’s passing, the average residential square foot in the city has sold for $24.11. That’s about a 47 percent downtick in one of real estate’s core indicators.
“This is not normal for the region,” says Crista Patton, a local REMAX real estate agent who helped get these numbers for Fusion. “Last time I pulled up numbers like this for a neighborhood around here, we were seeing the market going up,” she says. “In St. Louis in general, the market is going up, and as a whole it’s almost completely recovered from the recession.”
This is your property values on Federal Government Promotion of Racial Hatred.
Reima Kuisla, a Finnish businessman, was recently caught going 65 miles per hour in a 50 zone in his home country—an offense that would typically come with a fine of a couple hundred dollars, at most, in the U.S. But after Finnish police pulled Kuisla over, they pinged a federal taxpayer database to determine his income, consulted their handbook, and arrived at the amount that he was required to pay: €54,000.
The fine was so extreme because in Finland, some traffic fines, as well as fines for shoplifting and violating securities-exchange laws, are assessed based on earnings—and Kuisla’s declared income was €6.5 million per year. Exorbitant fines like this are infrequent, but not unheard of: In 2002, a Nokia executive was fined the equivalent of $103,000 for going 45 in a 30 zone on his motorcycle, and the NHL player Teemu Selanne incurred a $39,000 fine two years earlier.
So the police can pull up your approximate income from their onboard computers? Isn’t that wonderful. Another reason for anyone who works hard and earns hard to not live there.
The link goes back to The Atlantic. The writer of the article thinks this is a grand idea. Why am I not surprised?
Most parents would do anything to protect their baby, including owning a firearm. Now, one Iowa woman is doing what she can to make sure those that do own a weapon know how to handle them properly around their children.
Melody Laurer, a mother who has worked concurrently at a parenting center and at a gun store, has started a workshop at Crossroads Shooting Sports in Des Moines. She says she saw a spike in terms of parents purchasing guns to protect their children, but never had a dialogue or tutorial on how to handle them.
“We have seen a huge insurgence in young mothers, mothers of young children, wanting to get into firearms. And what’s happening is we don’t have instructors that are addressing their needs. So they just do it. They don’t do it right and then they end up having an accident,” said Laurer.
Laurer’s not an advocate for or against guns, merely knowing how to use them. Her class on carrying a baby with a concealed weapon has been met with a lot of intrigue.
Tis a pity that folks on the left are already mad at her for breeding past a limit they deem acceptable. They also think she should sit down, shut up and be ok with the possible victimization of herself and other parents.