Regular readers will know that I am fond of dorking around with numbers and seeing what presenting them in different ways can show us. Invariably, this graphic came to my attention (specifically when FarmDad posted a link in Gunblogger Conspiracy to a Facebook post about it):
A few things bugged me about that graphic right off. First, where did the numbers come from? I did not know the FBI published information on a county-by-county basis, and I would love to see it myself. Second, what is “high” and what is “low”? Third, are we talking about rates, or raw numbers? Fourth, how does north bumfrak Maine have anywhere near the same numbers – rate or raw – as Chicago?
Then Awelowynt hit on the answer; look at this map:
And then look at the left map in the first image.
They are functionally identical.
So what is that second image? Only the 2004 election results on a county-by-county basis. Unsurprisingly, counties who voted Democrat in 2004 also voted Democrat in 2012. Shocker, I know.
Gos-se like this really pisses me off. In the end, it does not matter, because human rights are not subject to statistical approval, but the numbers already support our side; we do not have to go out of our way to make up complete nonsense, pass it off as fact, and then have it cut out from underneath us once people start paying attention. Doing so only undermines your credibility, and gives “gun control” extremists even more dirt with which to besmirch the average firearm owner.
Stop it. Fabricating nonsense out of whole cloth is the bailiwick of the anti-rights cultists; given that we are defending human rights, it is incumbent upon us to stick to the facts, and raise ourselves above such ultimately useless endeavors.