Every time we seize an illegal gun, we reduce the probability that someone will be killed, injured or unfortunately robbed at gunpoint.
Mayor Richard Daley
Daley: Democratic control could lead to stricter gun laws
January 4, 2007
[I am nearly certain Mayor Daley doesn’t have a clue about probability or statistics. If he did then he would know his statement is false and that would make him a liar. Of course being a politician is frequently synonymous with being a liar so I have to acknowledge the possibility that Daley does know something about probability and/or statistics. Furthermore he can’t even make sense in a prepared sound-bite. The guns he and his goons are seizing aren’t illegal. It’s the possession of those guns by certain classes of people that is illegal under Chicago law. Never mind those particular Chicago laws are illegal. The article in which he was quoted was about Daley’s desire to make possession of even more guns illegal. His statistical basis for this objective was not addressed and for a good reason–it would not support his desires. Because of this one has to wonder what his real objective is. Daley needs to answer Just One Question.–Joe]