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  •  I saw that and thing others have addressed (5+ / 0-)

    the main complaint, which was an inference that the police were intentionally choosing the smallest number to have a bigger effect.

    Let's try a different example.

    Suppose some teens spread a box of thumbtacks on the road and a number of people get flat tires. In that case, a box of thumbtacks is something many people can relate to, but the actual number of tacks is better because a box of thumb tacks could be a big box, or a small box.

    But suppose some teens spread a box of nails on the road and a number of people get flat tires. In that case, it's much more important that the police report the number of nails recovered, and not the number of boxes recovered, because fewer people know how many nails are in a box.

    In either case, the number of nails a typical carpenter consumes in a day is NOT AT ALL RELEVANT, and it certainly isn't the police spokesperson's job to explain that context to the press or to the public.

    •  however 100 rounds are a normal amount of (2+ / 0-)
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      rounds.  Again this is how the police assert that a lb of weed is worth $20,000.

      Check out any online firearms auction as a quick comparison and you will find that is the usual amount of rounds in a lot.  However, using your example of thumbtacks, I think most press reports would state "Several teens scattered a box of tacks on the highway and several tires were flattened"  instead of"Joe Blow put 13 tacks on the road and flattened 2 tires; Ann Jo put 10 tacks on the road flattening 3 tires and Tommy Roe (remember him?) put 22 tacks on the road flattening 12 tires" or to be even more specific the report could name each driver of each car and the owner of each car.  Reports are not done in this detail

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