Liberals are ramping up a major anti-gun agenda for 2019 in Washington D.C. But nearly every “statistic” they use to prove their case is built on lies.
The anti-gun agenda is already in full swing in Oregon, Washington State, California, Illinois, and New York, but with Nancy Pelosi now in the Speaker’s chair in Congress, the push to nationalize the bad, un-American ideas being implemented in these far, far left states is going national.
But nearly every bit of “research” and every “statistic” these liberals use to prove their case is built on lies.
John Stossel recently did a great job exposing these lies in a recent column.
Take the left’s claims about school shootings:
Last year, they claimed that there were school shootings at “hundreds of schools.” It was “an almost daily occurrence” in the U.S., some said.
This was nonsense. NPR reporters looked into the 235 shootings reported by the U.S. Department of Education and were only able to confirm 11 of them.
It turned out that schools were added to the list merely because someone at a school heard there may have been a shooting. Good for NPR for checking out the Education Department’s claim.
Then there were the recent claims that nearly every “news” outlet used accusing the U.S.A. of having more mass shootings than any other nation.
But is that true?
Citing researcher John Lott, Stossel says the claim is all a bunch of B.S.
But the U.S. doesn’t have the most mass shootings, says Lott. It’s a myth created by University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford, a myth repeated by anti-gun media in hundreds of news stories.
“Lankford claimed that since 1966 there were 90 mass public shooters in the United States, more than any other country,” says Lott. “Lankford claimed ‘complete data’ were available from 171 countries.”
But how could that be? Many governments don’t collect such data and even fewer have information from before the days of the internet.
Lott claimed that the study’s method was flawed, but even using that standard, Lott found that the study was filled with lies.
When Lott’s research center checked the data, using Lankford’s own definition of a mass shooting, “four or more people killed,” the center found 3,000 shootings around the world. Lankford claimed there were only 202.
Lankford said he excludes “sponsored terrorism” but does not define what he means by that. To be safe, Lott removed terrorism cases from his data. He still found 709 shootings – more than triple the number Lankford reported.
So, after all that, is the U.S. a mass shooting leader?
It turns out that not only did the U.S. not have the most frequent mass shootings, it was No. 62 on the list, lower than places like Norway, Finland and Switzerland.
Folks, whenever these Democrats start using these fake news statistics, call them out on it.
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