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BBC Revision of the "Handguns Are Used in Most US Assaults and Robberies" Claim:

The BBC story I discussed yesterday has been revised.

The "Handguns are used in most US assaults and robberies" caption has been changed to "The debate over handguns is politically charged in the US," and the "Handguns are used in two-thirds of robberies and assaults and in half of murders in the US, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations" line has been replaced with "Firearms, including handguns, are used in two-thirds of murders and about 42.2% of robberies committed in the US, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations." Both of the new statements are correct, though as I noted earlier, the FBI robbery statistics are probably less reliable than the Department of Justice survey-based statistics, which estimate handgun use at 26.3%.

In any case, I'm pleased that the BBC revised the story, whether based on my e-mail to them or on others'. (Note that the "Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 22:21 GMT" doesn't reflect this change; compare the cached version, which contains the errors but has the same timestamp.) If anyone can point me to any BBC page that specifically notes the correction, I'll be happy to note that as well.

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Nick Good - South Africa (mail):
Eugene Volokh wrote: Note that the "Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 22:21 GMT" doesn't reflect this change; compare the cached version, which contains the errors but has the same timestamp

Ahh... that would be most parsimoniously explained by the (infamous) BBC stealth edit functionality.
11.22.2007 3:56pm
CaptDMO:
I don't suppose that the BBC provided helpful data "estimating" the number of crimes addressed by firearm (including mostly handguns, but also military grade assault weapons) wielding law enforcement, military,
and proficient righteous citizens.
I don't suppose the BBC provided helpful data addressing the correlation between violent crime and , ...um,...criminals?

I wonder how that expensive CCTV umbrella thing in London, as well as elsewhere in Europe, is working out to PREVENT violent crime from occurring on the rank and file?
Why is "the BBC" concerning itself with US firearms issues?
Why are U.S. dead tree tabloids citing the BBC citing the U.S.?
I thought what was "good" for ALL of the UK had been decided, and in no further need of examination of what "others" do.

I suppose it would be fruitless to remind the BBC that things didn't turn out so well for Jolly Old England the LAST time they suggested "Colonists" be limited in their personal self defense options.
11.23.2007 2:15pm
Leslie Carbone (mail) (www):
The real question is: How often have guns prevented or mitigated violent crime?
11.23.2007 7:58pm
James Fulford (mail):
Leslie Carbone writes:


The real question is: How often have guns prevented or mitigated violent crime?


Not very often, in the District of Columbia, for the obvious reason that the non-criminal population is mostly disarmed. Another question is, leaving murders out of it, how many robberies, rapes, assaults, and burglaries of unarmed people took place, that needn't have happened if the victims had been armed.

As for the editorial change, with no notification, the BBC does this all the time.
11.24.2007 2:47pm
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11.27.2007 12:59pm