Yes, researchers at Yale have scientifically proven the obvious: Criminal birds of a feather flock together. “Criminal” being the family-friendly version of four-letter type of bird that starts with an “S”.
The story in the Chicago Sun-Times starts off like this: “If you and another person get arrested together in Chicago, you’re both part of a loose network of people with a high risk of getting shot in the future, Yale University researchers say in a newly published study.”
Well, you don’t say.
Them’s some purdy smart fellas their at Yail, ain’t they Virgil?
Bless their little hearts.
We can’t wait for tomorrow’s research from Yale: Perhaps that the sun will continue to rise in the east? Or that water is wet?
The story continued:
The study, called “Tragic, but not random: The social contagion of nonfatal gunshot injuries,” was published in the January 2015 issue of Social Science & Medicine. It shows the risk of becoming a gunshot victim in Chicago is “more concentrated than previously thought,” according to Andrew Papachristos, one of the authors.
…And as was previously known, race was a key risk factor in getting shot, the study noted. For every 100,000 people, an average of one white person, 28 Hispanics and 113 blacks became victims of nonfatal shootings every year in Chicago over the six-year study period.
Translation: Over a lifetime (~80 years), the average black person in Chicago faces nearly a one in ten chance of catching hot lead.
Where again is the “Wild, Wild West”? Is it in rural America where gun ownership is common?
Or in the inner city of Chicago where there is a paucity of law-abiding residents who own guns?
…About 70 percent of the killings occurred in what Papachristos found was a social network of only about 1,600 people…
In other words, #$#-birds of a feather flock together.
Or… scumbags who hang out with scumbags doing scumbag things will end up dead scumbags.
Gee, who would have thought it?