“He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”—
He’s discussing Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who is known for two things:
- Asserting that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “all lies straight from the pit of Hell.”
- Serving on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Can’t change #1, but I think we should change #2.
“Georgia congressman Paul Broun claimed after Tuesday’s State of the Union address that “There are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns.” Explainer readers may remember Broun as the congressman who believes the Earth is 9,000 years old. What about his hammer and baseball bat claim? He’s wrong again, but he’s getting warmer. According to FBI data, 8,583 people were murdered with firearms in 2011. Only 496 people were killed by blunt objects, a category that includes not just hammers and baseball bats but crowbars, rocks, paving stones, statuettes, and electric guitars. Broun was off by a factor of at least 17 this time, a significant improvement on his estimate of the age of the Earth. The blue planet is 4.54 billion years old, or more than 500,000 times older than Broun believes it to be.”—
FJP: …but he’s getting warmer.