Re: Reporting on Relative Risk

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 17:51:28 MDT

Technotranscendence wrote:
> "So, while we lie on the beach this summer doing our own little risk/benefit
> analysis," Lochhead writes, "we might ponder another useful summer
> statistic: more people are injured by tennis rackets than by arrows." [Yeah,
> but there are a lot more tennis players around most of us, these days, then
> archers. -- Daniel Ust]

I would beg to differ. I suggest you look at some stats first. It
doesn't matter how many people participate either, it is the accident
rates that matter.

It also follows logically: an archer shoots arrows at a target from
behind a firing line that is not to be crossed by anyone, while a tennis
player swings their racket toward another person, with spectators along
the side.

Then there is my perrenial favorite: bathtubs versus handguns.... which
do you think is safer, and which do you think is regulated more in their
manufacture, sale, and use....

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