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Data Lag

RECEIVED Wed., Sept. 9, 2015

Dear Editor,
    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.
Mark Bryant
Gun Violence Archive

Moontower Surprise

RECEIVED Sat., Sept. 5, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I haven't read any reporting on the HAAM benefit All Along the Moontower. I either missed it or it was a tough article to write. I'll presume both are possible. I thought all the musicians did great covers of songs from the psychedelic era. And I learned something: I went through the era without realizing how cool the Bee Gees were. Theirs must have been a sub-sub-culture of kids who knew they were too cool to be cool. And Todd Rundgren. What can I say? The couple in front of us must have taken a hint with the Bee Gees cover song and decided to save as much of their high as they could by making their exit before Todd's appearance. I almost felt sad for Todd. He must have known, as he stumbled through his presets mumbling that that was not what he had set the night before, that he and his music were out of place, and he willingly admitted there was nothing psychedelic about his music as he strolled the stage singing sometimes in key and sometimes off but always having my wife wondering if he was intoxicated and me wondering if he was doing Joe Cocker impersonations. The entire night was pretty good with some surprising moments: We got Bee Gees music and we got Todd Rundgren, but we didn't get Roky Erickson and that was the biggest surprise.
Jeff Day

False Assertions

RECEIVED Fri., Sept. 4, 2015

Dear Editor,
    [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
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