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. Thanks for your patience.
Thanks for the good mention in your article [“Point Austin: The Death Cult of the Gun
,” News, Sept. 4]. One of the reasons you will always see a lag in “Last 72 Hours” is that it takes time to compile the data from disparate sources – not all report in the time frame of the incident. As we look at our aggregate number trends, there is an average of 33.6 deaths per day. But we don’t always get our information for a week or so as it sorts through everyone’s processes.
We don’t intentionally track suicides due to both HIPAA and the way law enforcement and coroners report those. We collect those in the aggregate quarterly and annually.
When we use 2014 data and compare apples to apples, we believe we hit over 95% of deaths, a bit less for injuries.
Again, thanks for using our work. That is why we are here.
[Regarding “Adios, Jeff!
” News, Sept. 4]: “For the record, the Southern Poverty Law Center describes Lyons as 'a white supremacist.' When asked by the Chronicle
if that was true, Lyons didn't deny it, but instead claimed that the SPLC was the real 'hate group.'"
I always deny false assertions from the perjury suborner in chief Morris Dees. I did deny the assertion of "white supremacy" – whatever that means today. I said at the mall that "it is disgusting that it takes a 'so-called white supremacist' attorney like me to school a UT president and students on art desecration and civic decency." The SPLC is a hate group – if such a term can be honestly used today.
But that kind of name-calling doesn't really work anymore except for left-leaning people. Apparently anyone who defends the Davis/Wilson statues are "racists(TM)" or "white supremacists(TM)" – so even if your snarky canard is even close to accurate, I have a lot of good company these days.
This fight will go on. When you're ready to write a straight news story give me a call – otherwise don't.
Kirk D. Lyons