Re: those NRA Australian statistics examined

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 10:29:01 MDT

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> > Claim 2. Armed robberies are up by a "whopping" 44% since the new laws.
> > In fact the rate of armed robbery increase dropped 12% in 1998.
> >
> > Claim 3. Assaults are up 8.6% since the new laws. In fact the rate of
> > assaults increase dropped by 4.2% in 1998.
> Are these "corrections" deliberately misleading, or are you just being
> sloppy with language? Do you think you can get away with "rate of
> increase dropped..." on a list full of mathematicians? Please clarify
> with correct and non-misleading numbers--are the claims of increase
> actually false as these counterclaims seem to imply, or are they correct
> as are the rate-decrease claims?

He was quoting what the gun controllers had posted on their page, so the fault
lies with them. I also noticed that last night, which got me researching the
matter further with the AIC and the ABS, which resulted in my other posts...
read on.

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