Prof. Doug Berman of SL&P is often maddeningly honest, much to the consternation of his numerous liberal and libertarian followers. His article today provides a good example. In the face of a Brennan Center “study” that purports to find not a whole lot to worry about on the national crime front, Doug notes this sentence buried below a bunch of bullet points in the Center’s work:
Nationally, the murder rate is projected to increase 31.5 percent from 2014 to 2016 — with half of additional murders attributable to Baltimore, Chicago, and Houston.
When the murder rate increases by nearly a third in two years, that, ladies and gentlemen, is a national crisis.
(And yes, it’s true that if you subtract enough of the cities with the biggest increases, then, nationally, you’ll get a smaller (though still startling) increase. Maybe the Brennan Center thinks its readership hasn’t learned fifth grade math).