Liars gonna lie as Bearing Arms’ Tom Knighton explains
Leave it to the gun grabbers to never let the facts get in the way of a good argument. After all, reality has a pesky way of undermining their so-called “facts” when anyone looks deeper, so they don’t give anyone enough information to really understand what they’re peddling.
Take, for example, this story at The Huffington Post.
He asserts that in the wake of these attacks, there are new calls for gun control. Maybe his staff found some obscure story on Fox or Brietbart or Guns.com and came up with this idea, but I work closely with gun violence prevention groups and what he says is simply not true. Our message is consistent, and I’ve seen no spike tied to the events in Europe.
Morgan [Griffith] makes the ridiculous false equivalent that terrorists using cars as a weapon are the same as this plague of gun violence. It’s the same flawed “whataboutism” we see from him and his ilk time after time. Sure, a hammer or a knife or a toaster for that matter can be used to kill someone. But hammers and knives don’t kill 90 people a day. As tragic as the terrorist incidents involving cars are, making that comparison is flawed and insulting.
The author of this post is right. Hammers and knives don’t kill 90 people per day.
But neither do guns.
Not only are the lies easily refuted, they are old and tired
The total number of homicides in 2015–the most recent year we have numbers for at this point (new ones should be coming out soon)–was 15,696. That’s just a smidge over 43 homicides per day.
In other words, even if every single homicide was committed with a gun, the author’s numbers are still wildly inaccurate. Yet anyone with a half a functioning brain cell understands that not all homicides are committed with a gun. Further, not all of those homicides are actually crimes. The FBI’s statistics deal primarily with charges, not the outcomes. Cases like this one are counted as homicides but are later ruled as self-defense, thus making the count of actual homicides for the year reduced.
Go read it all.