FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings

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  1. Revmitchell

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    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.

    FBI figures released last September appear to show so-called "mass shooter" attacks and deaths have dramatically increased since 2000. The report asserted there were a total 160 such incidents in public places between 2000 and 2013, with attacks dramatically increased to 17 in 2013 from just one in 2000. The statistics also showed murders jumping to 86 from just seven over the span.

    But Lott's group said a major flaw is the fact that the data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common “active shooting incidents” were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.

  2. just-want-peace

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    I remember reading an article some 25+/- years ago in a professional magazine I received in my job. The gist of the article was the effect management had on a company's productivity.
    The co. in question was an electronics outfit in the South, that had been going downhill and approaching the point of bankruptcy. They had been losing millions of $ annually for a few years, till a Japanese corp bought the failing co.
    The new owners replaced TOP management only, leaving everything below in place. Within just a few years, the company was paying more in taxes that they had been losing.
    Till I read this, I really had no idea of the REAL influence a leader has in his position.
    This being the case, no comments are necessary as to the conduct of the State Dept., DOJ, Secret Service, IRS, etc, etc, etc.!
    Whether the dims & ZERO like it or not, Truman was correct when he said, "The buck stops here!"

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