Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi just claimed gun crime is a “national emergency.” But this is a lie. In truth, gun crime is way down over the last 20 years.
On Thursday, news broke that President Donald Trump intended to sign the latest budget bill that will fund the government until September. But he also noted that he still intends to declare a “national emergency” so that he can begin shifting money he otherwise already controls to build more border barriers.
But, after the White House made this announcement, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attacked the president for the whole idea of declaring a national emergency.
Pelosi warned that a future Democrat president can use the excuse of a national emergency, too, so he better weigh his actions carefully.
“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well,” Pelosi said. “So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”
Then she invoked her lie about guns…
“Let’s talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.”
This is an outright lie. There is no “epidemic of gun violence in America.” In fact, gun violence has declined and is way down over the last 20 years.
No less than the left-wing Washington Post noted that gun crime has been falling for years.
Data from the FBI breaks out reported murders by type of weapon, showing a drop in the raw count of firearm murders since a peak in 1993. (Both the Marist poll and the FBI data are predicated on “murder” as a metric, a term The Washington Post generally reserves for homicides involving a criminal conviction.)
…in 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, the total number of firearm murders was 10,982, compared with 16,136 in 1994.
But remember, too, that the question asked about the murder rate — that is, the number of murders as a function of the population. In that regard, the drop is even steeper. In 1994, the FBI data suggest a rate of about 6.2 firearm murders per 100,000 people. In 2017, the rate was 3.38 murders, up from the 2014 low in which the rate was less than half of that in 1994.
So, there you have it. Gun crime is lower and has not risen to any “epidemic.”
I am sure you are shocked.
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