EDC101 Artfully Puts WIRED.COM In Line With Facts

ECD101.com, a blog dedicated to the crap that lives in our pockets every day, artfully slaps WIRED.COM squarely across its face with facts. Bravo EDC101. Bravo

Like always, I want to point out that we are non-political here, but this fact checking article by Dave Estes is nothing short of a masterpiece. Far too often news outlets report on only a small section of data in order to give their story the legs that the person putting it together feels it needs.

The video in question highlighted a perceived “gun addiction” in America, if you care to watch it it is posted on WIRED.COM as The Numbers Don’t Lie: America’s Got a Gun Addiction.

Dave systematically looks up all of the data used in the video and finds that there is some selective reporting to drive home WIRED’s point. This is a personal annoyance for me and I love seeing people set the record straight. It is far too important to have the whole picture when making a decision or determination about anything, but finding good solid data has become rather hard for the general public not willing to spend the time digging into charts and graphs.

I strongly encourage you to read Dave’s post about America’s perceived gun problem on the EDC101 website, he does a wonderful job of keeping the politics light and sticking to easily found facts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  • Mark

    Leftist media lies to support their agenda to disarm. How is this news?

    • Gary Kirk

      They do not use lies to disarm.. They use lies to convince the populace to give up their arms, and to park the police state that they would love to instate

    • Smedley54

      Every group, and everybody, lies to support their agenda and it’s the job of journalists to do the fact checking. This article is first class journalism.

  • codfilet

    No amount of facts will EVER change their minds…

    • baserock love

      That is simply not true. I’m a liberal, i grew up in the most liberal part of the country, i have turned every single anti gunner i know into at best very pro gun rights to at worst gun rights neutral but anti gun/magazine ban.

      I did it by starting a conversation, not ending one like you did, and i listened to their reasons for being anti gun, which are of course claims they hear from the anti gunners, then i showed them with accountable, objective statistics and scholarship that the things they’ve been told simply don’t hold up under scrutiny, and they often change their position.

      Then i invite them out to go shooting and they have a great time and it seals the deal.

      The reason so many of them don’t change their mind is because they don’t hear facts and statistics from the pro gun community. They hear a bunch of hysterical partisan nutjobs calling them fascists and libtards who blather about fema camps and imminent revolutions from people who have been convinced to despise them.

      I’ve always been pro gun but i used to not have issues with gun and
      magazine bans, i’ve of course changed my position on those and i did it
      because facts, statistics and studies demonstrated those to be
      completely ineffective at having any impact on crime rates which was counter to what I had been told so often but had never bothered to examine critically.

      • Porty1119

        Good work!

      • Gary Kirk

        Know the feeling, where’d ya grow up if I may ask? I grew up in Suitland MD, just outside of SE D.C..

        • baserock love

          Concord california, about 45 minutes east of san francisco, i went to college in san francisco.

          It’s basically the liberal homeworld lol.

      • Swarf

        Not to wax all Pollyanna, by this is a fantastic post. “starting a conversation, not ending one”. Nice line, that’s exactly what that crap does. Just as quickly as calling someone a fascist Nazi because they voted for Trump.

        I’m agree with most liberals about most everything but guns. And I’m trying to convince the rest of “us” that the idea that the only people who can, should, or would even want to own a gun are cops, hicks and murderers is a losing strategy.

        I also work in a very, very… arts dominated business so it’s a long road.

        • baserock love

          Yeah, i’m as liberal as they come, frankly the research that made me arrive at what i feel to be well informed positions also made me arrive at the correct position on gun rights and gun policy (by gun policy i mean very few policies at all haha).

          I just show them that i arrived at my positions on the gun issue the same way they arrived at their positions, most of which i share and that’s through actually looking at the numbers.

          One of the points that seems to hit home with them the most is that i always point out that as liberals, we feel strongly about collective and civil human rights and i question them why shouldn’t self preservation be a right?

          And i work in an arts dominated business too, i’m actually a game artist myself.

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, in my scenarios I was met with disgust and emotional screeching. So I’d rather not waste breath.

        • baserock love

          Well for most anti gunners living in anti gun states, the only time guns ever come up in media and conversation is when the latest spree killing or local gun homicide happens. Personally I understand that reaction.

          That said there’s far too much emotional screeching on both sides and both sides have a litany of utterly awful awful arguments.

          For the most part i just don’t associate with people that are prone to screeching at me so this hasn’t been a big issue lol.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Statistics can be used to prove anything.

    65% of people know that.

    • Mystick

      Only 43.7% of the time.

    • Joshua

      Statistics never lie, yet liars often use statistics

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I had an algebra teacher who said “Statistics are like a bikini: What they show is provocative but what they hide is essential.”

        • Joshua

          great truth there, another great piece of wisdom, this one I got from a history teacher is that “Half of writing history is telling the story you want people to believe.”

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Also written by the victor.

          • Joshua

            not always, the Victor has an advantage, but it doesn’t always go that way

          • Gary Kirk

            History is like an STD, some you can disappear, some last forever..

          • kyphe

            It rarely goes that way in today’s world. Nations that control press often re write their own history for their own purposes win or lose but that only effects the areas under their control. The rest of the world gets to pick from the smorgasbord of opinion to find the history that suits their biases.

    • Gary Kirk

      138% of statistics are made up.. “It’s a proven fact”…

    • LGonDISQUS

      “60% of the time, it works every time.”

  • Bucho4Prez

    As the late Jerry Doyle would repeat daily… “The data doesn’t lie, but people lie about the data”

    • Julio

      A lot of it is down to perception. We all filter the inputs we get in line with our take on the world. That’s why it’s hard to see someone else’s point of view, why we get locked in the sarcophagus of our own past judgements, why it’s so hard to reconsider how we act in the world. Knowing that we can never see the full picture and that no single perspective can ever be truly definitive can help make us more thoughtful about our judgements and choices, and should to make us both more tolerant, and more humble.

    • baserock love

      Thumbed up in part for your icon haha

  • SPQR9

    Never mind, you fixed it.

  • baserock love

    Reality isn’t a political issue.

    This is what i like about TFB. Where TTAG would run an article calling democrats treasonous libtarded traitors and pretend that’s an argument, TFB has an ACTUAL argument with actual data.

    Approaches like what EDC101 took here is how we reach across the isle to change hearts and minds, not paranoid partisan hysterical rhetoric. I’m about as liberal as they come, grew up in the east bay area cali and i’ve turned every anti gunner i know into at best pro gun rights to at worst gun rights neutral who no longer support gun and magazine bans and i did it by pointing out with facts and statistics that the things they have heard from the anti gun side simply don’t hold up under scrutiny.

  • Pete – TFB Writer

    Wired is a shell of the magazine it was 10 years ago. ?

    • baserock love

      I don’t even get why they’re making media bout this subject.

      None of my guns have any wires lol.

      • Gary Kirk

        Yet.. YET..

      • iksnilol

        Uhmmmm… what are your springs made of? I presume your guns do have springs.

        • baserock love

          Actually i converted all my guns to work via complex mechanisms consisting of pneumatics and hydraulics. Sure it sucks carrying a 50 pound glock 17 but at least there’s no wires to futz with!

  • Smedley54

    As they explain in every statistics and research class ever taught, correlation is not causation.

  • 22winmag

    The whole “pocket dump” thing is weird.

    Really weird.

    • Keiichi

      “Hey look, here are some things I find useful. Maybe you will too.”, with a little showing off thrown in… how is that weird?

  • i1776

    False geniuses over at Wired, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, theVerge, Engadget and so on and on and on. Yeah we need to crush their soft egos with more firearms articles hahahaha. I love it!