Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence

Never heard of them? Can't find their website? Limited referencing of their name outside of Sen. Hudak (D) and her condescending scolding of Amanda Collins? Strange, right?

Here's a clip from the Fox News article (emphasis mine)...
 
A Colorado state senator has come under fire for remarks she made to a rape victim at a committee hearing Monday on a bill that would ban concealed weapons on public college campuses.

Sen. Evie Hudak, a Democrat from Westminster, Colo., criticized testimony provided by Amanda Collins, 27, who said that the attack on her at University of Nevada, Reno, may have been avoided had she been allowed to carry a gun on campus, The Denver Post reported.

"I just want to say that, actually, statistics are not on your side even if you had a gun," Hudak told Collins during the hearing, according to the report. "And chances are that if you would have had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you."

Hudak cited statistical data compiled by the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence, claiming that for every woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by their own weapon, The Post reported.

 "Hudak cited statistical data compiled by the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence, claiming that for every woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by their own weapon, The Post reported."

That is *not* what the Post reported. The post reported what Ms. Hudak actually said which was, "The Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence says that for every one woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by them."

What I'm wondering is what she actually meant by that because to me, it sounds like these dubious statistics coming from a spurious source are more of a convenience than actual science. Due to the lack of detail in her statement, it's entirely possible that she used total gun deaths to contrast gun deaths during a sexual assault. It is also possible that she's using statistics where the attacker was armed but the victim was not during a sexual assault.

However since she is not specific, and since it's as hard to find a reference to "The Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence" as it is to find references to Afrighting Laws without Scalia being mentioned.

There's another mention of this phenomenon but the blogger who talks about it is unavailable for comment due to his Iron Curtain security preventing any sort of comment or contact. (23,169 comments successfully blocked and counting).

2 comments:

Evil_Klown said...

How cum nobody says anything when a "Democratic" is being persuaded by a "special interest" group?

Arthur said...

Well, I would hardly call it iron curtain security - but spam runs more than 4700 for each comment so comments are moderated. Try an e-mail address that is not free.

As far as the "Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence" is concerned, if it exists it is probably one of the Tides Foundation's puppets, with someone getting paid for the use of their number, and something extra if they answer the telephone and read the prepared statement to a "reporter."

But the core is simply this. Sister Evie claims there were 83 women murdered with a gun for each woman who killed someone in self defense. Media reports suggest that just over 400 women were forced to kill someone in self defense during 2012. Unless they have changed multiplication since 1942, 83 times 407 is 33,781. The total number of gun related murders during 2012, per the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, Table 8 of the expanded homicide data tables:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/offenses-known-to-law-enforcement/expanded-homicide/expanded_homicide_data_table_8_murder_victims_by_weapon_2008-2012.xls

shows there were 8,855 gun related homicides in 2012.

QED, either Sister Evie or her "source" are lying like a carpet. One very badly in need of cleaning.

Regards

Stranger

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