Analysis of Washington Post police-shootings data reveals surprising result

This is vital reading for anyone who thinks they know anything about BLM and police shootings.

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Note: While not the usual fare of WUWT, after some discussion with Mr. Eschenbach, I decided that this was an impartial data analysis, and that publishing it would be a public service that may be helpful in these troubled times. However, given the sensitive and inflammatory nature of the subject matter in the context of today’s events, I’ve decided not to allow comments on this article. The data speaks for itself, and the goal here is to present the data analysis minus the rhetoric the topic will generate. I take no position on the topic, but I do feel that better data presentation leads to better understanding of problems, and this data presentation may be helpful to many. There are other forums where I’m certain this data and the results will be discussed. – Anthony Watts


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  1. It is, interesting. As a retired Detective Sergeant, the info-graphic of WaPo, posted by WUWT, is what I would offhand conclude as being accurate until.., outside factors enter into the equation. I am a staunch supporter of Constitutional Carry & Stand Your Ground, to be unified as one law, and to be made the Law-of-the-Land. Obviously, people look at that statement and figure, well, okay, people with guns. What is the importance? Of the group representing the 58% fatalities attributed to firearms, an unknown number, were repeat or recidivist offenders against unarmed people. If people, who were victims, had been armed, numbers would reflect self-defense incidents, and, a higher rate of perpetrator fatalities, which, over a given period of time, would diminish, due to, armed citizens being armed, and able to defend themselves. In other words, somewhere along the line, a percentage of persons employing firearms unlawfully, would never come into contact with law enforcement because, the criminals most likely would have been killed during a different altercation, at a previous time, by, a person lawfully armed. Within reason, at least one half of the represented info-graphic percentage, or 24%, would not exist. The unarmed persons range as behavioral episodes of belligerence, or mental illness, usually an associated behavior where deadly physical force is justified to defend the officer or a third party. If, the mentally ill were removed from the public, or, if pill pushers with stethoscopes were jailed, the unarmed incidents would be reduced by 60% estimated. Behavioral issues, and prescription medication issues, factor in, heavily however, are unrepresented.

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