Verify the numbers

Published: Sunday, Jun. 29, 2014 - 9:06 am

Re "Seventy Four" (Forum, June 22): Perhaps Jack Ohman should check his numbers. CNN has checked the claim that there were 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook, and found that the criteria used by Michael Bloomberg's organization was very broad. CNN's own count found 15 shootings similar to Sandy Hook - still too many, but only about 20 percent of the number he used.

I expect that we could come up with exaggerated numbers for anything people wish to promote or defeat, but let's remember that there are "Lies, damned lies and statistics," and that numbers can always be massaged to read in support of any position.

-- Wayne Roberts, Elk Grove

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