The Butterfield Effect

The most recent (as of this writing) example of how some people say the dumbest things in the service of their political beliefs (noted in this case by Ed Driscoll);

“Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.”

Not bad, but not quite the sublime idiocy as seen from it’s namesake as formulated by Michael Graham:

The “Butterfield Effect” is named in honor of ace New York Times crime reporter Fox Butterfield, the intrepid analyst responsible for such brilliantly headlined stories as “More Inmates, Despite Drop In Crime,” and “Number in Prison Grows Despite Crime Reduction,” not to mention the poetic 1997 header, “Crime Keeps on Falling, but Prisons Keep on Filling.

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