Letters: Stats on gun deaths misleading

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:03:11 AM. The Advocate reported Sean Payton tweeted statistics from the New York Times that 'more Americans have been killed by firearms since 1968 than American soldiers on the battlefield in all
The Advocate reported Sean Payton tweeted statistics from the New York Times that "more Americans have been killed by firearms since 1968 than American soldiers on the battlefield in all wars." That may be true as for as it goes. The above statistic includes death by suicides. "Two-thirds of gun deaths in the United States every year are suicides. However, the next-largest set of gun deaths — 1 in 5 — were young men aged 15 to 34, killed in homicides. These men were most likely to die at the hands of other young men, often related to gang loyalties or other street violence. And the last notable group of similar deaths was the 1,700 women murdered per year, usually as the result of domestic violence. Far more people were killed in these ways than in mass-shooting incidents, but few of the popularly floated policies were tailed to serve them," according to Leah Libresco, a statistician and former news writer at Five Thirty-eight, a data journalism site. The devil is in the numbers and the agenda of the reporter. Buy Now FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Kenny Alphin, left, and John Rich, right, of the country music duo Big & Rich, perform a song during a taping for Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Rise Telethon in Nashville, Tenn. The mass shooting at a country music festival on Oct. 1, 2017, has rocked the tight-knit community of country musicians, but even in the renewed debate about gun control, many of those musicians have not weighed in, with a few exceptions. Country...Read more
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