Mainstream media confused by “counterintuitive” crime stats

We’ve noted here in the Locker Room previous examples of reporters writing in confusion how incarceration is up while crime rates are down (here’s one). Prisons cause crime, apparently ? otherwise, why the confusion? More criminals off the streets mean less crime.

There’s something else in mainstream-mediathink that causes crime: guns. If you own a gun, apparently the darn thing sends out subliminal messages to you in your sleep ? especially if there’s a prison being built. Yesterday the Baltimore Sun encountered the shocking idea that guns in the hands of private citizens might actually have a deterrence effect on crime. This news they reported in a headline that reads as if it were a paradox:

Crime may be dropping in US, but gun possession is rising

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