Even though there are more murders in Chicago in a month than there are in New York or Los Angeles in a year.  That doesn’t mean anything.

Via CBS Chicago:

Thanks to recent headlines, you’d think the FBI rolled out the red carpet and handed Chicago a beautiful, hand-engraved (in cursive!) plaque that reads “Murderiest Murder City in Murderland.”

In reality, the FBI did no such thing.

All they did was publish 2012′s crime statistics. In fact, at the end of a statement released Sept. 16, they even cautioned against using these statistics for ranking purposes, saying, “These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region.”

If the FBI admits their numbers create “misleading perceptions,” then why are we, well, propagating misleading perceptions?

Chicago had to have done something to earn the “murder capital” title everyone’s been using the past week, right?

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