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Perennial screwball, Virginia Governor, and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Terry McAuliffe recently stated that 93 million Americans die each day from gun violence. Sounds a little off, doncha think?

McAuliffe made this claim the day a Democrat extremist and Bernie-bro attempted to assassinate members of the House GOP. It’s been more than three days since his remarks and we’re all still alive. It’s thus safe to conclude that 93 million of us don’t die every day from “gun violence”. (Or any other flavor of violence, for that matter.)

Well… OK… It was a slip of the tongue. Even though he said 93 million, twice, he really meant 93; as in three more than ninety and 7 less than one hundred; the precise value between 92 and 94. But it does raise a pair of questions: Where did he get the number 93 and why did 93 million pop into his head, twice?

The first answer is easy: He’s cooking the books. 93 per day is the total number of firearms related deaths in the US each day. This includes suicides. He’s deliberately conflating the two in order to make homicides look more common than they really are. Suicides are not preventable via gun control laws any more than homicides are. In both cases, those intent upon killing, either themselves or others, will find tools appropriate to the task. It’s also important to remember that this is a nation of 321,000,000 people. Even if there were 93 homicides each day, that’s only .000029% of the US population.

As to the spurious multiplier, My guess is that McAuliffe said it because he truly believes that there are that many deaths per day. He’s not alone. There are lots of anti-gun activists out there who are thoroughly convinced that we’re all gonna DIE, if “something” isn’t done. You can hit them with the real numbers all day long, but you won’t get past their irrational fears.

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You sometimes have to wonder why the MSM is so consistently wrong on subjects such as guns. Are they simply stupid? Are they being willfully ignorant?

Or are they just lying?

It really could be that last one. But what I don’t get is how they think that they can away with it. It’s not like it was back in the good ol’ days. They can’t tell a lie and then expect it to be months or years before they’re found out. (Just ask Dan Rather! His career was over before “Fake but accurate” had finished airing in the Hawaiian market. And that was over a decade ago.) The latest are claims that Democrat Party extremist and Bernie-Bro James Hodgkinson was armed with an “M4 assault rifle“.

It was an SKS.

Now, to borrow from Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make? The M4 is a military weapon system capable of fully automatic fire. That’s like a machine gun for those of you in Rio Linda. (Or journalism school.) The SKS is a semi-automatic rifle. It fires once and only once for each pull of the trigger. The M4 fires the 5.56X45mm round while the SKS fires the 7.62X39mm round. They’re very different rounds. The 5.56mm round is a much higher velocity round, though both have the similar effective ranges.

And now the really important differences: The SKS can be purchased by civilians in the US while the M4 cannot. The M4 accepts a detachable magazine, while the SKS (almost always) does not. (There are some after-market modifications and some versions that do accept a detachable magazine, but these aren’t common.) The standard magazine for the M4 holds 30 rounds. The standard fixed magazine for the SKS accepts only 10. This means that the SKS isn’t classified as an “assault weapon” anywhere in the US.

But all of this information is available on the Interwebs. Why didn’t the dim bulbs at CBS, ABC, or the New York Post bother to look? Don’t they have computers?! Do they know about Google?! Or were they just trying to squeeze in a little more propaganda?

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I promise, I didn’t go looking for this article just to make a point about this post.

SFWeekly writer Nuala Sawyer starts out her article on gun violence rates in San Francisco on a good note. She laments the fact that most people in Babylon on the Bay only know about the city’s crime rates from what they read in social media; i.e. anecdotal evidence. She then goes on to cite the FBI’s data from the Universal Crime Reporting program. In this program, the FBI (Now under new management!) collects and reports crime data from across the US. San Francisco, which actually is part of the United States, is included in this database. Violent crime there, like the rest of the country, is down. Crimes involving firearms, however, have seen a recent uptick…

But one area where crime did not decline was rates of gun violence. In 2016, homicides by firearm increased by 15 percent, people shot non-fatally increased by 27 percent, and 12 percent more firearms were seized from people than in the year prior. In 2016, 451 people were arrested for having a firearm. And in a depressing turn, the city’s gun buyback program — where SFPD offers cash for the public’s guns — dove a dismal 36 percent, with only 212 guns being taken off the streets last year.

But here’s where she goes off the rails. The very next paragraph reads…

While San Francisco’s gun trends appear to be on the rise, it isn’t just us. In 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives released data from U.S. gun-makers that firearm production doubled between 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the year after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre, 11 million guns were produced. Gun ownership nationwide has doubled since 1968, with more than 300 million guns estimated to exist in the U.S. alone. But this doesn’t mean everyone has a gun — only one in three households.

She then concludes that “it’s only natural that firearm-related crimes will also grow” with all of these firearms out there remaining unconfiscated. But the UCR data say the exact opposite of this! Violent crime, of which gun related violent crime is but a subset, is down nationally. Looking at homicides, of which gun related homicides are a subset, the rate in 2014 is less than half of what it was in 1980; 10.2 per 100,000 versus 4.5 per 100,000. (2014 is the last complete data set.) The overall violent crime rate in 1980 was 596.6 per 100,000. In 2014 it was 375.7 per 100,000. All of this is despite, some would argue because of, vastly increased rates of gun ownership in the US.

This information is nothing new. John Lott and David Mustard first published in 1997. Their study focused on concealed carry laws, but also looked at overall gun ownership. The very least that can be said, given the publically available data they used, is that increased gun ownership neither increases nor decreases rates of gun violence. So why didn’t Ms. Sawyer seem to know this?

Because it didn’t fit the narrative.

To her, it was simply obvious that increased gun ownership translates to more gun crime. The thought of verifying this with actual data never occurred to her. To those with this type of bias, looking up the real data on gun crime versus gun ownership would be like checking a compass in the morning to see if the sun is really rising in the east. So rather than seeking out uncomfortable truths, she wrapped herself in the warm blanket of anecdote.

(H/T: Chuck Michel)

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So who woulda thought that the Washington Post would find itself repeating ISIS propaganda? I’m guessing that no one at the WP would have thought it, but that’s precisely what happened last week. The legacy news outlet repeated, unquestioningly, ISIS claims about how “easy” it is to purchase a firearm in the US. A ripping yarn to be sure, but not at all true.

Did the Post set out to become a mouthpiece for ISIS? Of course not. So how did it happen? Quite simply, the claims by the Islamofascist terror organization fit in with beliefs the writers and editors at the Post already held. To their minds, it was ISIS that was parroting the Post. The Post, and most of the dead tree media, reflexively accept as fact what ISIS claimed about American gun laws, even though they reject ISIS itself. Conversely, they reflexively reject what doesn’t fit their existing narrative. Tell them, for example, that the CDC found that gun laws are ineffective for reducing violence and you’ll be on the receiving end of blank stares.

Pro-RKBA activists need to be aware that the MSM will go beyond simply ignoring facts that they disagree with. If need be, they’ll just make s**t up. Which means that they’ll misquote you, mischaracterize your statements, or flat out lie about you to make a point. Never think that these people are in the business of telling the objective truth. That’s not what drove them to attend journalism school! They’re out to change the world, even if the facts get in the way.

Keep that in mind the next time some reporter asks you for a comment.

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It’s called Confirmation Bias; the tendency to view statements that agree with our existing beliefs as true. The Left does this frequently (Remember Dan Rather and his misadventures with MSWord?), but sometimes we “gun folk” do it too. There are plenty of dubious memes out there that get passed around on pro-gun websites. The basic rule holds: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

The latest faux-fact that’s bedeviled the Left are these bogus “Fred Trump for Mayor” ads. Clintonista Sid “The Squid” Blumenthal fell for them and the London Review of Books has since had to edit a Blumenthal essay they posted. Politico researched the “Fred Trump campaign” and found that there was no such campaign. The ads, which appear to contain several anachronisms, are modern creations. But, they confirmed Blumenthal’s pre-existing beliefs about Donald Trump and his supposed racism. In short, they told him what he wanted to hear.

Then end result is that Blumenthal looks like a partisan hack. (OK… Make that like more of a partisan hack.) Whatever credibility he had before hitting “send”, he has less today. As gun owners, we can’t afford to lose credibility in the public square. Blumenthal has the entire US Media machine behind him, ready to rehabilitate his reputation. We have that same machine poised to pounce on any misstatements we make as proof that “the rabble” shouldn’t be allowed to have firearms. We don’t get a pass the same way Leftists do.

You wouldn’t fall for a painting entitled “George Washington Holding an AR-15”, so why would you fall for a “quotation” from Washington that appears to directly refer to that rifle? Think before you share!

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The anti-gun, liberal, wingnut butthurt continues. This time it’s this lament from Slate editor Jeremy Stahl that Merrick Garland wasn’t able to attend the inauguration as a Supreme Court Justice. Worse yet, “Now Trump will get to nominate whomever he wants to fill this seat.” The horror!

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The more that turns up about the Ft. Lauderdale shooter, the more we see that government looked the other way at an increasing threat. Thus far, we know that he…

  • Reported to the government that he was hearing voices
  • Reported paranoid delusions to the Government
  • Was arrested on domestic violence charges
  • Violated his subsequent bail conditions
  • Was discharged from the Army with less than an Honorable Discharge
  • Had been visiting IS websites and viewing IS videos

But nevermind all of that; it’s the NRA’s fault.

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From America’s 1st Freedom magazine…


by Corinne Mosher – Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hillary’s Enemies List: Corinne Mosher

Photo credit: @JoshIshmaelPhotography

In response to a Democratic presidential debate question on Oct. 13, 2015, Hillary Clinton put the 5 million members of the NRA at the top of the list of enemies she is most proud of.

This is unprecedented: On national television, a candidate for president of the United States named peaceable, law-abiding gun owners, who are simply trying to protect the Second Amendment, as her biggest enemies. She even listed NRA members ahead of Iran—the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Drug cartels, Vladimir Putin, North Korea and ISIS terrorists didn’t even get a mention.

Clinton’s declaration made us wonder how NRA members feel about being recklessly declared her enemy. So we decided to ask them: How does it feel to be named Public Enemy Number 1 by Hillary Clinton? Yet you have to be careful of who it is that is inspiring you to hate, and why.

Today we hear from Corinne Mosher, Kansas State Rifle Association training committee member, professional competitive shooter, wife of a police officer and member of the D.C. Project.

It is a politically rewarding strategy to demonize one group of people in order to unite another group against a “common enemy.” The more unlike yourself you can make your enemy seem, the bigger the lies you can tell about them.

When a presidential candidate publicly denounces five million American citizens as the people she is most proud to call her enemies, she is shamefully putting politics above patriotism, and pandering to constituents rather than embracing her responsibility to uphold the Constitution.

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov once said, “Love, friendship and respect do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” Yet you have to be careful of who it is that is inspiring you to hate, and why. For the same knife that in the hands of a surgeon is used to save lives, can, in the wrong hands, be a destructive tool, severing vital connections and leading to permanent ruin.

The question to ask ourselves is not if the irresponsible rhetoric by Hillary Clinton is being used as an attempt to divide us, but why she is attempting to do so. The most obvious answer seems to be that she realizes once we are divided, we are susceptible to attacks from without and within. … once we are divided, we are susceptible to attacks from without and within.

“We the People” of the United States do have enemies, but the voices, faces and stories that make up the NRA are certainly not among them.

NRA’s membership represents a rich collection of different stories, races, religions, gender and sexuality preferences, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, family structures, and political parties. We have differing levels of participation in the shooting sports and in politics in general, but we all believe in our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We uphold, honor and sustain the law, especially laws that are intended to keep guns out of the wrong hands and to promote safe firearm storage and handling.

Placing all members of the NRA in one category, as Clinton did, is like trying to complete a paint-by-numbers kit using a paint roller.

If you aren’t a member of the NRA, that doesn’t make you my enemy. If you disagree with my views, political and otherwise, that doesn’t make you my enemy. To truly be my enemy, you have to be attempting to take away any of the basic human rights endowed by my Creator—my life, liberty or pursuit of happiness. Therefore, my short list of enemies is as follows: terrorists, rapists, murderers and tyrants.

So, if you have proudly declared yourself to be my enemy, then I ask, “Which of these are you?”

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How is it that the NRA gets called racist for commenting and not commenting on events in the news? Oh yeah… I forgot. Those who make a buck off of the 1st Amendment have it in for the 2nd Amendment. And if they can do their part to keep race as an issue in the US, all the better.

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Still tingling from the recent “victory” on the House floor, and by floor I mean the carpet itself, the anti-gun, whack-a-do wing of the Democrat party is planning on a unique way of celebrating Congress’ Independence Day recess: By encouraging Americans to surrender their God-given freedoms.

Whaaaaah

Now here’s the part that I don’t believe they’ve really thought through. They plan, as part of whatever it is they’re going to do (They’re kinda short on specifics.), to remind the American People that is was the Waskawy Wepubwicans that stood between our due process rights and the Democrats’ thirst for power. I’m no political expert, but there seems to be something a little off with that message.

But by all means, Democrats, please remind the American People who was doing what in DC this past week. And please do remind American voters, and American gun owners in particular, that it’s Donald Trump and the Republicans that are standing for freedom this November. And please do remind us all that it’s you folks who are blaming law-abiding Americans for the actions of Islamofascist terrorists. (Terrorists that you imported into the US, by the way.) Please do remind the electorate that it’s you who wants to disarm the American People while it was Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama who armed ISIS. Yes, please do give us all a refresher course. I’d hate to see us all forget these little details.

 

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