I Love A Happy Ending

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Statistician from the vaunted FiveThirtyEight.org starts out as an anti-gunner…

…before realizing that the whole thing is a sham.

There are l literally too many good parts to find just one pull quote – read the whole thing already – but this bit about the fact that complicated problems (crime, suicide) don’t respond to simplistic solutions:

Even the most data-driven practices, such as New Orleans’ plan to identify gang members for intervention based on previous arrests and weapons seizures, wind up more personal than most policies floated. The young men at risk can be identified by an algorithm, but they have to be disarmed one by one, personally — not en masse as though they were all interchangeable. A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.

Do your friends a favor and circulate it widely.