Friday, July 11, 2008

Safest Year for Cops in 43 Years

Police deaths plummet in first half of '08 - USATODAY.com You have to go back to 1960 to find a year in which fewer officers were shot, and back to 1965 to find a safer year overall. (Car accidents, and other causes of death are a significant portion of the overall death-rate.)
Midyear shooting deaths fell from 38 in 2007 to 21 this year, the lowest number since 1960, when 18 officers were killed by gunfire.
That's a 45% decrease. And before the budding statisticians out there want to get all in my face over "small numbers" I will concede that trends in numbers this small are hard to quantify. But if the number went in the other direction (like last year when deaths increased from 2006) the Left would be going nuts about the need for more gun control. [via Uncle]

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