Letter: Cherry-picking the facts

Cherry-picking the facts

Editor of the Reformer:

Bob DelPino wrote in his commentary "Gun-Control advocates don't have their facts straight," (Jan. 7) that "The only consistent thing I have encountered is that the anti-gun forces twist the truth, misrepresent the numbers, cherry-pick their data, and outright lie to suit their needs. That is a fact." Apparently, a letter writer stated that "297" Americans are shot every days," to which Mr. Delpino replied that the real number was "67,394." Unfortunately for Mr. DelPino, who is the vice president of Gun Owners of Vermont, his facts seem more "cherry-picked" than the writer to which he is answering. According an NBC report titled "Just the Facts, about "Every year in the U.S., an average of more than 100,000 people are shot, according to The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence."

This breaks down to a daily average of "289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention, the Brady Campaign reports." To mince this even further it works out to one American being "killed by a firearm every 17 minutes, 87 people are killed during an average day, and 609 are killed every week." From 2000 to 2010, a total of 335,609 people died from guns." In comparison, in 2013, Canada, with its stricter gun laws, suffered "131 firearm-related homicides in 2013, down 41 from 2012." In 2013, England, also with its stricter gun laws, endured about a dozen murders involving a firearm.

These are the facts. This is only a small sampling of the data. No matter how Mr. DelPino or anyone else, for that matter, attempts to "cherrypick" them to suit their arguments, these facts will always come back on their own.

Walter Carpenter, Montpelier, Jan. 11


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