NRA-ILA Reports Double Counting in Washington State

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The NRA-ILA Reports that health officials in Washington State are attributing firearms deaths to COVID-19. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)-Public health officials in Washington state are counting people who were fatally injured with a firearm in the tally of COVID-19-related deaths. This decision – and it appears to have been made consciously – reinforces what we already know about public health officials.

In the best-case scenario, public health officials report data without regard for nuance. Perhaps that is the case in Washington state. As reported in the Seattle Times, “The rapid onslaught of this coronavirus forced officials to part from their normal process of counting deaths, [Health Statistics Manager Katie] Hutchinson said. Their goal was to get the data out as quickly as possible, “in near-real-time so immediate decisions could be made to protect the health of Washingtonians,” Hutchinson said.

The data dashboard created by the Washington Department of Health includes people who tested positive for the virus and subsequently passed away from any cause – including gunshot wounds.

“About five cases involved COVID-positive people whose deaths involved gunshot wounds,” according to Hutchinson. The state epidemiologist for noninfectious conditions, Cathy Wasserman, claimed that “There’s a commitment to provide data as rapidly as possible and we have to balance that with our commitment to accuracy.”

Accuracy is critical in scientific analysis – and especially so when that analysis is used to guide policies that impact the people those policies are supposedly protecting. The inclusion of fatal gunshot wounds in this data raises some important questions.

Is there – or will there be – an effective double count of certain deaths in Washington state? Will these deaths – and the deaths of other COVID-positive people who were killed by some other cause – be counted once as the underlying cause of death and once as COVID-related? KOMO News reported that the counts will be adjusted, but why did the Department of Health put itself in a position to need to make that sort of obvious adjustment.

Why are clear cases of non-COVID fatalities included at all? There is not likely to be disagreement among doctors or coroners about the cause of death, so these cases should not be attributed to anything but that cause. External causes – like gunshot wounds – are not as difficult to determine as internal causes, like a virus or the related effects.

This reflects a long-standing concern with fatality reporting as it relates to Second Amendment issues. Fatalities are tragic. Death certificates are produced for every death in the United States, meaning there is a record of every death and the cause of death. Every death can be counted and accurate counts are used for analysis. The CDC maintains two public databases that provide anyone access to this data (with certain limits to protect privacy) – WONDER and WISQARS.

When firearm-related fatality counts are not as high as anti-gun activists would like, they simply change the methodology. They rely on something other than death certificates. The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network used the anti-gun “Gun Violence Archive” to claim that there were more fatal gunshot-related accidents among children than the CDC reported death certificates. These anti-gun “journalists” just could not believe that the number of such fatal accidents had hit record lows in recent years and so they turned to a notoriously biased web scraper to produce a different count.

A count that did not rely on actual data.

Data is essential to good policymaking and government agencies that manipulate data – either intentionally or inadvertently – undermine trust in government. The pro-gun community must always closely examine the details of any argument supposedly based on data because, time and again, anti-gun activists will do whatever it takes to push their agenda.

We already know that anti-gun politicians will regurgitate whatever talking points and skewed “data” they think will help their cause. Electing reliable defenders of the 2nd Amendment will ensure that our rights are secure.

We don’t need a dataset to tell us that.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Circle8
Circle8
1 month ago

Washington state has never had an election they DID NOT FIX so why wouldn’t they cheat on everything.

Oldman
Oldman
1 month ago

Washington is a beautiful place to live. All you have to do is drive 90 miles in three different directions from the center of Seattle, and it is like turning on the light at midnight on DEC. 20th.
Down with Inslee, Bob Ferguson, and Jenny Jerking-off. Up with Chief Culp!

Hankus
Hankus
1 month ago

Nobody ever accused a WA state politician of having too much integrity.

EddyB
EddyB
1 month ago

Just in our Governor is #50 out of 50 He is the Worst of them all ! Sad I love the State and now He has and he’s ran it into the ground…

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 month ago
Reply to  EddyB

It seems to be a common theme for democrats.

joefoam
joefoam
1 month ago

The true numbers will never be known as long as the fake ones can be used to promote the liberal agenda. If the actual numbers were released the population would march on the capitals to tar and feather the folks that forced us to live like convicts and destroy the economy.

Some guy
Some guy
1 month ago

C’mon dude. The only thing that Covid is used for is FEAR…… If you didn’t see that long ago you’re trying to fool yourself. Fear to make you accept tracking apps to”keep you safe” fear to make you accept a nano RFID marker in the vaccine, yes the vaccine that was “miraculously” developed overnight….. Fear, fear, FEAR! Be afraid! Accept the mark! We are going to help you!

Bluemax
Bluemax
1 month ago
Reply to  Some guy

I agree with you Some guy. Now it is also easy to pick out the sheep who are easily deceived as well. Masks, gloves and scared to get too close to others. The numbers of deaths are exaggerated for control and power over us. There are too many people who believe in an unseen virus. But can not believe our Savior, Jesus Christ. Many will be Deceived. Know the Biblical signs of the times.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago

Since when does the left rely on facts or data that needs to be truthfully reported? Their agenda doesn’t care about truth.

gregs
gregs
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

but they are the party of science! isn’t that statistics and repeatable data?

Vern
Vern
1 month ago
Reply to  gregs

As long as the science and truth agrees with their idea of science and their idea of truth, which isn’t much.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
1 month ago
Reply to  Vern

Wait a minute, Uncle Joe said they don’t care about the facts, they only care about the truth, didn’t he? LOL what an idiot.

Vern
Vern
1 month ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

He is the best the left has, that has to say a lot.