First a tip of the hat to the Standard for a truly thought provoking article based on Dr. Augustine J.Kposowa's research at the University of California-Riverside (April 21, "Stats in Utah linked to suicide"). If it wasn't for the insightful conclusions of this professor that conservatives commit more suicides, I would have never been encouraged to conduct my own study into the same subject matter. After careful review of the statistics for at least twenty minutes, two interesting questions surface: Question 1) How many of the conservative suicides were committed with guns? Of course, following Dr. Kposowa's thesis, it is completely possible, I suppose, that the owner's inanimate gun may have secretly administered a pharmaceutical overdose, spiked its owner's drink with cyanide or carelessly slit the owner's wrists in his or her sleep. After all, the general liberal view would have me believe that these inanimate guns somehow spontaneously shoot people without the assistance of any mentally disturbed individual or enemy of our country.
Question 2) Did Dr. Kposowa's work contain in its references an obvious key book to his analysis authored by Mr. Darrell Huff? It is entitled, "How to Lie with Statistics."
Based on this valuable reference, I was able to draw an alternate conclusion from the data. It's pretty obvious, actually. Utah is the only place in the country with a high circulation of the Standard-Examiner. Too many more stories like this and I may commit suicide as well. While I appreciate the humorous value of this story, perhaps the real correlation is between the paper's circulation and Utah suicide rates.