It’s wonderful what you can come up with if you’re willing to make stuff up. A friend living in the US sent me this email today.
Subject: Pull Out Off [sic] DC
If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 Deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 per month. The monthly death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation’s Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are if you are a soldier in Iraq.
Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C.
Very cute, except for the facts.
Total homicides in DC in 2004: 190
Population of DC in 2004: 553,523
Annual homicide rate: 34 per 100,000
Monthly homicide rate: 2.8 per 100,000
Extent to which right-wing lunatics are willing to exaggerate: 2878%
It’s possible that 80 per 100,000 is the number of DC deaths by all causes, but of course, that would mean that the penultimate sentence was a lie.