I'll eat my words on this weblog every time I make a bold political statement! I am finding out about Steven Levitt, a Minnesota boy who seeks the truth through micro-economics. He proved that if you own a gun and have a swimming pool, the swimming pool is 100 more times likely to kill a child than the gun is. He submitted this to the Chicago Sun Times as an Op Ed piece. Reading it made me run outside and shoot a bunch of holes in our plastic swimming pool.
Here is the op-ed piece. To my immense amusement, an NRA nut named John Lott has attacked him for it because, as near as I can tell through the foam and spittle flying out of Lott's mouth, he wrote the Op-Ed piece to hide the fact that he was anti-gun.
Levitt was featured in a fascinating New York Times Magazine article today.
The truth is likely to piss a lot of people off. Our quest for "the truth" seems like the unifying theme in everything I am exposed to lately, especially in Capturing the Friedmans. A review of Capturing the Friedmans mentioned the movie "Rashomon" as the classic discussion of truth and man's never-ending ineptitude at finding out the truth. So I am going to rent it.