Ron Paul fails math test on mass murder

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul contends that the federal government has overreacted by limiting personal freedom in the wake of terrorist attacks six years ago, noting more people die on U.S. highways in less than a month’s time compared to the number who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 … “A lot fewer lives died on 9/11 than they do in less than a month on our highways, but once again, who owns the highways? Do we own the highways? No. It’s a government institution you know … argumentative essay topics college extended essay editing buy cialis viagra online education topics for research papers writing service contract template essay pen is mightier than sword help paper term follow url source research paper for sale dissertation abstracts international search discount viagra no prescription Storage Life of Cialis top critical analysis essay editor site online cheap mba essay proofreading site au example of double spaced paper how do i write a thesis for a research paper a homework help line follow buy paper lanterns canada sample bibliography card for a thesis buy viagra cheap prices We need to put all this in perspective, [Ron Paul said].”

Let me school Congressman Paul on 9/11. The hijacking of Flight 11 began at 8:14 a.m and the North Tower fell at 10:28 a.m., killing 2,973 people in 134 minutes. Playing Rep. Paul’s cold numbers game, that is about 22 per minute. Had the carnage continued at that rate for a 30 day month, 950,400 people would have been slaughtered. If our domestic murder rate spiked from the current 17,000 people [per] year to over 11 million, I believe Americans would demand that our military be deployed here. Instead, we’ve sent it to fight those who rejoiced at how fast Americans died on 9/11 and who would do it again.

Recent intelligence reports indicate one of al Qaeda’s plots is a coordinated, wholesale attack upon America’s children. As Ron Paul cannot tell the difference between a traffic accident and mass murder, or even pass a simple math test, I will not vote to place Ron Paul in charge of preventing such an attack.

But then, I would not vote for him if he was running for school-crossing guard either.

  14 comments for “Ron Paul fails math test on mass murder

  1. Former LIbertarian
    September 24, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    At one time, the Libertarian Party had such Promise… if this is the “Current Wisdom” of said party, I see there is NONE. The Revered 911 Commission stated that those Islamofascists have been at war with us for years, and all we did was throw lawyers and indictments at it. All that showed was WEAKNESS, which invited all future attacks, Including 911.

  2. Robert D
    September 24, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Well said Dan,

    One thing we all need to understand, yes 9/11 was a terrible incident, I condem it. But 9/11 was nothing more than a mass murder, not an act of war, the liscence to invade. It should have been treated as a crime, go after Bin Laden.

    And here is the beauty of it all, there was a bounty hunter 2 days behind bin laden, and he was arrested by pakistan. Why? He was too close to catching up to him!!!

  3. Dan Stamps
    September 24, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Four times as many Americans die EACH YEAR from drunken driving accidents ALONE, than the number of people who died in 9/11.

    And you want me to give up my personal freedoms for what?

    Also, killing people to teach others not to kill is counter-productive and has no end. Inject love into your vicious circle of thinking, sometime, and see what happens. The world is too small for people like you.

    Perhaps what needs to happen is that people like you get put in prison — you’re the real danger to the human species.

  4. John Galt
    September 24, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Editor — A Tsunami is a natural disaster. Let Iran get nukes and we’ll see millions die in a microsecond.

    -yeah, and they will all probably be Iranian.

  5. Jeff Bubb
    September 24, 2007 at 10:41 am

    “Let Iran get nukes and we’ll see millions die in a microsecond.”

    Atta boy…strike fear in us so we see things your way.

    I cannot believe our country will have to be responsible — across the world, in all countries, whether they “sponsor” terrorism or not — for trying to prevent nuclear material from falling into the hands of bad guys. We would have to influence, one way or another, everyone in this world. It’s not realistic. All you can do is protect the borders and encourage countries to protect their goods. I don’t fear nuclear material leaving France, Isreal or Great Britain. That is the goal we should set for other nuclear powers. Pakistan appears to be the scariest set of circumstance thus far, and they’re supposed to be on our side.

    I’m not gonna be feared into changing my philosophy on freedom and liberty. I’ll change my approach to the problem before I give up my God given rights.

  6. Robert
    September 24, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Lets count up all the people that will die because 1 Trillion $ was spent murdering Muslim farmers and their wives + kids, instead of spending the money on health care and starvation.

  7. Michael
    September 24, 2007 at 10:06 am

    You can’t take data from a single month without looking at additional months/years. Some months are high, some are low. That is what averages are for. So put your 2973 number within in the year of 2001. Do the same for other years. Then you can compare them to other statistics. For example:

    2001 Homicide: 19,944
    2001 Heart Disease: 699,597
    2001 Accidents: 100,441
    2001 Death from Falling: 14,992
    2001 Drowning: 3,179
    2001 Cancer: 553,694
    2001 Diabetes: 71,369

    This should provide a little perspective.

  8. bret
    September 24, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Hahaha… what’s the quote, “there’s lies, damn lies, and statistics”? Your “no middle ground” bit is hilarious, and shows the complete ignorance we suffer from in this country thanks to public education.

    John Galt owned you, bigtime. I like how you quickly change the subject to Iran.

    What you fail to understand is that the President’s job is not to “prevent another terrorist attack.” The President is to faithfully execute the laws of the US and defend THE BORDERS. We’ve got millions of illegal aliens here now, and who knows how many more entering every year unchecked, and you’re worried about IRAx ?? Talk about misplaced priorities.

    By the way, Jerusalem is a Muslim holy site, too, genius. Why would Iran nuke Israel? What would that accomplish, except to galvanize the entire world against them and erase their country from the pages of history? By the way, that is exactly what keeps Israel from launching aggressive actions, as well. It’s called common sense. It’s time we started electing leaders who have it. E.g., RON PAUL.

  9. kaneman
    September 24, 2007 at 9:42 am

    “Let Iran get nukes we’ll see millions die in a microsecond”

    Says who? Mark levin. It must really suck to live in fear. I think Dr. paul was trying to make the point that terrorism does’nt happen everyday…..we spend money, too many lives, and give up our liberties over nothing…..good day

  10. Robert D
    September 24, 2007 at 9:42 am

    More people die in a year in their bath tubs, then from terrorism. Should the government put cameras in everyones bathroom? Why not they have cameras on every corner here, that prevent NO CRIME.

    What is a CRIME by government, is that we build Vatican size embassy in Iraq and bridges here fal and kill. Yes KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE. But I guess bridges falling on people is ok, unless it falls at a time when you are on that bridge.

  11. EEKman
    September 24, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Right because Iran survived for thousands of years because it was jumpy with its weapons.

    wait… jumpy with its weapons it hasnt even built yet. Hey, lets pre-empt people for THINKING bad thoughts about the USA.

    If we want less nukes in the world, we should probably start dismantling some of our own. Until then, people will want to emulate us, you know, lead by example?

  12. John Galt
    September 24, 2007 at 8:18 am

    The Indian Ocean Tsunami killed over 21,000. It only took 30 minutes, That’s about 700 per minute. Had the carnage continued at that rate, that would have be over 30 million people killed in a month.

    but you see, Tsunami’s and Terrorist incidents don’t happen every day, terrorist happen about once every 2 years (and usually kill less than 100. That’s the point. They are RARE.

    Murders, and car accidents happen every day, and are common, but the people are no less dead, and their families are no less sad. So what is the real danger?

    Editor — A Tsunami is a natural disaster. Let Iran get nukes and we’ll see millions die in a microsecond.

  13. Flo
    September 24, 2007 at 7:36 am

    Hear! Hear! Right on Brother
    I think you are right. since we lost so many in the terrorist attack that Bush lied all over himself about lets just help the terrorist and Kill our own.
    Kill them 18 year olds that just came out of high school. Kill them 40 year olds still raising a family. Kill, Kill, Kill and why you are at it take aim at IRaQ that didn’t attack us and kill the women and children there. Next Stop Iran…..Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran sings John McCain.
    Your buddy Donald Rumsfeld said on ( You Tube) Iraq would be a quagmire.
    Sounds sadistic to me ” you cut me so I’m going to cut myself’ This country has gone mad.

  14. bbartlog
    September 24, 2007 at 7:07 am

    I’m afraid it is you who are playing games with numbers. Of course you can make the death rate look arbitrarily large by choosing to look at a very small chunk of time surrounding the event. You could also make it look smaller if you decided to look at the number of people killed by terrorism over a twenty year time period, say 1987-2006. Paul chose a middle ground by comparing the 9/11 toll to a monthly figure for vehicular fatalities.

    Editor — What are you smoking, bbartlog? Statistics have no “middle ground.”

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