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Re: Patrick's stats

Jun 14, 1997 05:20 AM
by Patrick Alessandra Jr.

> Can you give a source for your repeated quote about UK weapons
> violence?  My stats come from The Illustrated Book of World
> Rankings, which uses mostly UN sources.

     I will look into putting together the exoteric confirming info,
although I believe that if the stats in any well-researched book were
combined appropriately it could be shown (as stats can be combined in
many ways)...particularly if in the assessment terrorist violence is
included.   However the UN's stats would I expect be skewed toward their
desires as to how to change the world.  There are many ways of gathering
stats and setting criteria.

          Rather than statistical arguments which can be massaged in
many ways the arms argument is one of essential inainable principle.
More to the point is not UK but Europe...Bosnia is a perfect example of
what happens when arms are controlled and people are unable to defend


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