Sometimes you don't even have to construct a straw man. Your opponents just naturally make themselves in to one. The "God Hates Fags" people probably top that list, but our local Conservatives also hit the mark the odd time.
Stats Canada released the latest crime rates. Sure enough, there's less and less chance of being a crime victim every year for the last couple decades. No cause for alarm. Things are going well, right?
Of course not. As predictable as can be, the Conservatives - being short on real platform ideas - will go right on telling us about the horrible crime waves going on right now! Of course they're going to find every story they can and say, "Look! Scary Crime! Ignore those statistics!"
Look, here's a crime. Let's pretend per capita doesn't matter. Oh, look, two more crimes!
The crime rate is down. That means there's less chance of you involuntarily being involved in a crime. That's a good thing. Stop trying to frighten people with anecdotal evidence. It's really juvenile.