In reality, the number killed in 2019 was 27, and the percentage was about 25%
I tried bringing these numbers up over on SH when the conversation came up; to Marshall’s great credit, he was at least willing to ask for a source, which I provided.
There is indeed a fundamental disconnect between some of what is being protested and now legislated against, and what is. We are literally seeing laws put forth and starting to sweep the nation that are grounded in false numbers.
A career spent between engineering and politics has taught me that humans are chronically innumerate and simply can’t innately understand numbers and therefore simply can’t inherently conceive of odds. That makes big numbers a primary tool of political manipulation. To hear NHTSA talk about highway deaths, you’d think the street in front of your house would be constantly paved with mangled bodies. But the truth is, relatively few people you meet have ever personnally known anyone who has died in a car wreck. And when they do, a lot of times it’s a cousin like my wife’s who purportedly drove off a mountain in the ’70s.
Today’s political life has teamed up with inherent innumeracy to push lockdowns for a plague whose deadliness will likely be proven by history to be grossly and intentionally overinflated. And government budgets that are frighteningly and openly huge. And “protests” that are innocuously deadly. This kind of nonsense is only notable because apparently someone has discovered what’s always been hiding in plain sight.