[LMB] OT: Handedness [Was: More attitudes to women in society]
mitchmiller at entertainmenttax.com
Tue Sep 27 23:05:30 BST 2011
From: Bear Master <bearmaster0 at gmail.com>
Getting into the middle of this, has anyone mentioned yet how lefthanders are overepresented in law enforcement? Police, lawyers, criminals, all have more left-handers than the general population.
Gay men seem more likely than average to be left handed too. But I don't recall that I have ever met a left handed Lesbian.
For the record, I'm a right-handed Gay male (who worked for the Sherriff's department for six months).
I also have noticed a surprising percentage of left-handed shooters among police officers, which I find very strange, not only because of the low level of left-handers in the population generally, but because virtually all (US) cops today carry semi-automatic pistols. When I was in the service, they simply would not allow you to fire the pistol left-handed (although I am a left-handed rifle shooter) because the rounds eject to the right, and if you were firing left-handed the round could eject into your face. As far as I know, this is still the case with the modern polymer pistols that most police carry today.
I can understand why lawyers would be disproportionately left-handed, as Jews are disproportionately represented in law and Jews are way over the general population in left-handedness. I have no idea about the other groups, though.
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