Hiding from the facts

This time out, I’m covering 2 studies, the results of which you probably have not heard about.

First of all, we keep hearing about how school shootings are an epidemic these days. But when NPR tried to confirm government statistics…they couldn’t.

A Brown university professor tried to figure out how much of the current wave of transgenderism was based on external rather than internal influences (that is, how much of it could be attributed to it being a ‘fad’). His results upset some people, so what did the school (that bastion of free speech and facts) do with the study? Listen in.

Mentioned links:

The School Shootings That Weren’t

Explosive Ivy League Study Repressed For Finding Transgender Kids May Be A Social Contagion

Argus Hamilton

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Show transcript

How many school shootings have there been? Is this form of shooting getting more common these days? Well, if you ask reporters at NPR, not known for a right-leaning bias, the answer is a resounding “We don’t know.”

This past spring, the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” This seemed a bit high to NPR, so they decided to confirm this number. They did this by doing what you would have thought the Department of Education would have done already; call the schools themselves or refer to media reports.

After doing this, they were only able to confirm 11 incidents. That’s right; 11. In 161 cases, schools or districts said that no incident took place, or at least they couldn’t confirm one did. In at least four cases, they found, something did happen, but it didn’t meet the government’s parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn’t respond to their inquiries.

The article, linked to in the show notes, has a few possible explanations for the big discrepancies. In some cases, it appears to be a clerical error; putting a number on the wrong line of a form. In some cases, the definition of what qualified was unclear, and some incidents were counted as school shootings that shouldn’t have been.

And in case you think there’s some problem with the NPR reporters, a separate investigation by the ACLU of Southern California also was able to confirm fewer than a dozen of the incidents in the government’s report, while 59 percent were confirmed errors.

So consider this when you hear some of the huge numbers regarding school shootings. The media coverage and poor statistics make them seem more prevalent than they really are. We should do what we can to reduce them, but keep a cool head when doing it. Based on the numbers, it’s not the epidemic that some organizations are trying to portray it.

Speaking of studies getting less attention than they should, here’s another one that is getting buried because it goes against the politically correct narrative.

A study by a Brown university professor found that “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” among teens and young adults may be a social contagion (that is to say, a fad)  linked with having friends who identify as LGBT, an identity politics peer culture, and an increase in internet use. That certainly isn’t something that the transgender community wants to hear.

Nor, apparently, is it something Brown University wants to hear. Their statement on the study says it all. “The spirit of free inquiry and scholarly debate is central to academic excellence…At the same time, we believe firmly that it is also incumbent on public health researchers to listen to multiple perspectives and to recognize and articulate the limitations of their work.” So basically, they are all for doing studies to gather facts, in principle. They say it’s “central to academic excellence”. But if the results of that fact-gathering turn out to be contrary to the Leftist orthodoxy, they will bow to the hurt feelings of those who don’t like the results and quash the report. Apparently, some principles are more central than others.

As Ben Shapiro has often said, facts don’t care about your feelings. And the fact is that the more kids are exposed to others with gender dysphoria shown in a positive light, as you often see on the Internet from the identity politics Left, the more you are susceptible to thinking that you are transgendered, too, and not because you came to that conclusion yourself. If this was not related to human sexuality – if the dysphoria was anorexia, for example – the Left would find this horrifying. But they seem to want to put sexuality in a category by itself.

As to the cause and effect, the study suggests that many gender dysphoric young people hit a rough patch in life (or several), perhaps they have poor or immature coping skills, and in the middle of all that got the message from peers, online, or both that transgenderism was a simple explanation for their feelings that also offered instant social acceptance and attention. And thus we get the makings of a fad that, for some, would include irreversible physical changes that, once they emerged from their situation, may leave them with a regret that can’t be undone. Of course the transgender activists wouldn’t want that to get out.

The article, linked to in the show notes, gets in more detail of how the study came to those conclusions. It’s definitely worth a read. The fact is, if those activists have their way, you won’t hear about it at all. I’ve called transgenderism “anti-scientific” before, mostly because they seek to deny what is scientifically observable, but this demonstrates that they seek to suppress any science that doesn’t paint them in the best light possible. Does that happen on the Right sometimes? Yup, but let’s not pretend that it doesn’t also happen on the Left.

And finally, Florida Democrats nominated a Bernie Sanders-backed Socialist for governor in Tuesday’s primary. Argus Hamilton observed that Socialists claim that the U.S. is a racist, imperialistic, misogynistic cesspool of worker exploitation and white privilege, and that it’s wrong to block people from coming here to enjoy its many blessings.

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