Police and Transgenderism
May 6th, 2015

Hoover’s Richard Epstein seems to be (less or more) with me on police reform. But that’s not what really caught my eye in his essay. It was this sentence:

No one knows the exact figure, but a decent estimate tells us that there are about 900,000 police officers in the United States.

The reason this jumped out at me is that in writing about the transgender debacle at Smith College I took a brief detour to look at the estimates activists give us for transgender numbers in the United States. The line they push is 0.3 percent of the population. That may seem small, but keep in mind that gay-rights activists spent a generation insisting that 10 percent of the population is gay, but the real number turns out to be 1.6 percent.

So in order for us to believe that 0.3 percent of America is transgender we’d have to believe that there’s one transgendered American for every five gay Americans. Or, to put it in another context, we’d have to believe that there are as many transgendered Americans as there are police officers.

  1. Nedward May 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    They learned it from the goo-goo medical lobbyist-liars: “20% of men are ‘alcoholics’… 40% of women have ‘depression’, over half of Americans are ‘obese’… 99.9% of smokers die ‘from it'”– the anti-intellectual social-justice-egalitarian media is just a conveyor belt for anyone waving a percentage figure on something or another

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