As the old saying goes, “statistics can be used to prove anything.” This is especially true when you choose to twist them. Take John Buie’s letter of Aug. 13 regarding gun control. Buie says that if you “take out” four U.S. cities with high murder rates, the country drops from the world’s third-highest national murder rate to the fourth-lowest. This is only true if you don’t do the same for all other countries — ignore data from their four largest “murder capitals.” If you don’t count the four highest concentrations of murder in any country — that country will drop down the list precipitously. For example — the number of murders per 100,000 of population for Mexico is about 22. In Acapulco, that rate is 104. You see?

Over the years, the U.S. gun control advocates have lowered their expectations to the point that all they are trying to do is keep instruments of death out of the hands of known criminals and insane folks. That really doesn’t seem like much of a burden to the noncriminal, sane population.

As far as New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago and D.C. are concerned — they all do have democratic mayors. However, to say that they are “controlled” by Democrats would be quite a stretch. New Orleans, for example, is “controlled” by one of the most conservative Republican Legislatures and governors in the entire U.S. I’m not sure how New Orleans could possibly enforce strong gun control when you can practically get a gun from a vending machine anywhere else in the state.

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Louisiana has the weakest gun laws in the country and the second-highest gun death rate. Can we draw a conclusion from this? Not according to Buie.

Insofar as Buie’s “experiment” is concerned — most NRA members will tell you that anyone who leaves a loaded shotgun leaning against a wall in a high-traffic area with the safety off, just to see what will happen, is a fool.

If the gun had been knocked over and fired into a crowd, Buie would have been both morally and legally at fault.

Michael Hale

IT consultant

Baton Rouge