Dave Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne Eisen take a quite detailed look at the figures being toted by proponents of the International Arms Trade Treaty at the Untied Nations. It is rather long, but I’ll reproduce here part of the conclusion:
To the extent that we have been able to reverse engineer the Geneva Declaration Organizationâ€™s calculations, we have found repeated instances where the organization made choices which re- sulted in much higher estimates. Sometimes, those estimates have produced results that are out of line with other evidence.
Until the data and calculations are made available to the public, policymakers and concerned global citizens should give no weight to the unsubstantiated factoid of 740,000 deaths.
Not surprising that they are distorting the true numbers. They’ve never been able to win on facts.