Yet another error in CBS's Elementary, a smart guy who keeps making inaccurate liberal claims about crime

I have watched a few episodes of CBS's Elementary.  I love crime stories and I have long been a fan of anything even vaguely related to Sherlock Holmes.  But for someone reportedly as insightful as "Sherlock Holmes," this current resurrection of the show in modern day New York City sure makes a lot of silly factual mistakes.  Take this last week's episode entitled "Ancient History."  At about 10:28 in to the show, "Holmes" makes this comment:
"Let's begin with two givens.  Firstly, 76 percent of all murder victims know their assailant.  We, as a species, tend to be killed by those closest to us: our friends, our spouses, business associates."
While it is true that most murders are classified as murders by acquaintances, most people, including apparently "Mr. Holmes," don't have a clue what the term means.  For example, most "acquaintances" are members of rival gangs.  Acquaintances also involve people who have perceived financial relations.  If a cab driver picks up a fare and then the fare kills the cab driver, that is classified as an acquaintance murder.  But if a person comes up to the side of the cab and murders the cab driver, that would be classified as a stranger murder. These are hardly the friends, spouses, and business associates that Holmes refers to.

Gun control advocates misleadingly use this claim to make people afraid of having a gun in the home.  They want to make it seem that people can suddenly lose their temper and if a gun is owned in the home, it will be then used to kill someone.  Of course, the problem with this argument is that about 90 percent of adult murderers have an adult violent criminal record.  There are many other clearly identifiable characteristics for these individuals, and they are simply not your typical citizen.

Of course, Elementary is regularly attacking free marketers and businessmen.  In the episode "We are everyone" (Season 2, episode 3), "Holmes" rejects Ayn Rand as the "philosopher-in-chief to the intellectually bankrupt" (at about 7:24 into the show) and of course the killer leaves the clue: a well read copy of The Fountainhead by Rand.  In the episode entitled "Rat Race" (Season 1, episode 4), "Holmes" blames greedy bankers, not government regulation in the least, for the recent financial crisis.



Blogger Michael Greenspan said...

Thanks for pointing out these errors. I watch the show and didn't realize how misleading the 76% statistic was. I did notice the anti-Rand snobbery; that stance is, I imagine, near-obligatory in Hollywood.

(Minor typo in your post: it should be "philosopher in chief" or "philosopher-in-chief.")

10/26/2013 7:34 PM  
Blogger Hugh Mann said...

Interesting. I've never heard of this show but I'm not to surprised to hear of its political leanings.

10/26/2013 8:05 PM  

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