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Posted: 3/20/2002 2:41:51 PM EDT
Sometimes, it just comes together beautifully. Check out the whole tamale here: [url]www.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopel.shtml[/url] [b]China Tallies Our Rights Record[/b] The U.S. and guns, according to them. [i]By Dave Kopel of the Independence Institute March 18, 2002 9:35 a.m.[/i] The government of China has just issued this year's "Human Rights Record of the United States." Much of the report consists of pseudo-factoids created by Leftist interest groups, allegedly showing what a terrible country America is. The leadoff item is an extended complaint about American gun ownership. The Chinese government frets that "The United States is the country with the biggest number of private guns." We are also, of course, the country with the biggest number of private books, private churches, private newspapers, private computers, private single-family homes, and other tools and incidents of freedom. It is no coincidence that America is a simultaneously a well-armed and a prosperous nation, for both traits stem from America's culture of freedom and individualism. The Chinese report accurately states that "The US National Association of Education estimates that about 100,000 students in the United States take arms to school every day," although this factoid is utterly false. The 100,000 figure is very loosely taken from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys asking teenagers in grades nine through twelve, "During the last 30 days, how many times have you carried a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club, for self-protection or because you thought you might need it in a fight?" [Centers for Disease Control, "Weapon-carrying among High School Students ? United States, 1990" Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 40, (no. 40, Oct. 11, 1991): 681-84.] The 100,000 factoid assumes that every respondent who carried a gun at least once carried a gun to school every day. In fact, the data suggested that most of the students did not carry a gun every day, but only occasionally. And the students were not asked if they carried a weapon at school. Thus, the "yes" answers applied to occasional carrying anywhere, such as in an automobile when driving at night in dangerous neighborhoods, or when driving a pickup truck while working on the family ranch.
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Well get ready cause I hear the Chicoms are going to invade us in 2012.[whacko]
Link Posted: 3/20/2002 3:34:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2002 3:35:55 PM EDT by Boomholzer]
"Ohhh!, the Children! We better do something about that!" -Slutty Sally Soccermom
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