Heard that a lot, lately, have you?
You're not alone. This is a Mark One, Mod Zero theme of Big Government, quoted as often as they think is necessary to convince the sheeple that they are fully protected from all imaginable harm by their Government, and that NO individual effort is ever required to ensure protection from harm..
Recently, we've heard it quoted to justify a total loss of our electronic privacy.
Now we hear it quoted by (R)INO ex-Governor Pataki of New York to support the now-illegal policy of "stop and frisk" as used in New York City by their police department.
Here's a clue, Governor. I'm willing to wager that for every one of those lives that you can PROVE were actually saved by this mockery of the Fourth Amendment, I can PROVE that your anti-gun policies in both the State and the City of New York have COST more lives than have been saved.
Just open a comment if you want to complete a public wager, Governor.
Before you put your money down, Governor, have your law librarian whip out the SCOTUS decision in Terry vs. Ohio, since that's what is ACTUALLY the Law of the Land in "stop and frisk". If your police stops don't meet the Terry test of "reasonable suspicion", they aren't legal, AND, according to a US District Court Judge, the stop tactic as used by NYPD appears to have a racial basis.
So, here's the lesson, readers: whenever you hear "saved thousands of lives", stop the person saying that, right in their tracks, and ask them to provide a list of those lives saved. Do this every time you hear the offending abuse of statistics. IF there actually WERE real statistics, there is a factual basis for the stats given. Ask for the facts. If no facts are forthcoming, yell "B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T." at the top of your voice.