Guns and Lives Take Lives. And This is How Stats Are Manipulated

At some unspecified expense to the country’s beleaguered taxpayers, the South Yorkshire police (UK) run a program called “Guns and Knives Take Lives.” (Yes, people wielding weapons take lives, not the weapons themselves. Can we move on?) The Old Bill created the GAKTL video above for the program’s school-age attendees’ edutainment; to show how hip coppers can be when they gets their freak on. Sorry. To help prevent the tragic loss of life caused by gun and knife crime. thestar.co.uk puts the campaign in its proper perspective, calling it a “crusade” (and somehow resisting the urge to publish the words “if one life is saved”). Five years after launch, the story needs a hook. And so there’s a “landmark”: GAKTL’s been adapted for deaf students. I said . . . PC is as PC does. But the real news is buried at the bottom. GAKTL works! Or does it?

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At some unspecified expense to the country’s beleaguered taxpayers, the South Yorkshire police (UK) run a program called “Guns and Knives Take Lives.” (Yes, people wielding weapons take lives, not the…