The Washington Post posted an article today that counters the hysterical babbling of liberals and others who believe the Second Amendment is responsible for unprecedented mass murder:
In 1993, there were seven homicides by firearm for every 100,000 Americans, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2013, that figure had fallen by nearly half, to 3.6 — a total of 11,208 firearm homicides. The rate of shootings that didn’t result in death declined even more precipitously, from 725 in 1993 per 100,000 people to 175 in 2013.
Excluding negligence the murder and manslaughter rate has fallen precipitously, although you won’t hear the Brady Bunch citing those statistics. In 1980, according to the FBI, there were 10.8 meditated killings per 100,000 people. The number is now two or three homicides per 100,000.
Josie Duffy, a self-proclaimed know-it-all at the raving liberal mecca Daily Kos, writes she does not “care how you feel in theory: I care what is happening in practice. In practice, there have been 351 mass shootings in only 336 days. More people will die by guns than in car accidents this year. In practice, this is a public health crisis.”
This is patently untrue and ignorant, but then we should not expect rational debate from a Kosite. She does not provide a link to back up her assertion.
Even Time Magazine questions the legitimacy of the so-called mass shooting tracker:
[San Bernardino] was the 352nd mass shooting this year—at least according to an often-cited database on the website Reddit. But depending on your definition of “mass shooting,” that number is either highly misleading or spot on.
The truth is that there’s no widely accepted definition for what amounts to a “mass shooting” and therefore no trusted central database for the number of incidents that occur in the U.S. The Mass Shooting Tracker, compiled by Reddit users, defines “mass shooting” as four or more people either killed or injured, including the gunman.
But that definition is often criticized for being overly broad. The FBI, for instance, defines “mass killings” as “three or more killings in a single incident” and defines “active shooter” as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”
And the FBI’s definition is criticized by some for compiling too few shootings. In a 2014 report, the FBI said it had identified a total of 160 “active shooter” incidents and only 43 “mass killings” between 2000 and 2013. It doesn’t keep any sort of real-time database that can be publicly accessed.
The FBI reported in 2010 (the latest figures) there were 8,775 total homicides with firearms. If we are to believe the Reddit database then, most of the “mass shootings” did not result in death.
The FBI again:
In addition, a small number of those identified as wounded were not injured by gunfire but rather suffered injuries incidental to the event, such as being hit by flying objects/shattered glass or falling while running. For the purposes of this study, the FBI did not seek to isolate the exact number of individuals that fell into this category, when research did not allow for that type of injury to be easily discerned.
Obviously, the Mass shooting stats collected by Reddit “are being manipulated to fit a narrative,” writes Taylor Millard. “It’s easy to sit here and point out how the Left’s ‘fancy stats’ are total garbage. The fact is they’re still being used because of how emotional the mass shooting issue is.”
After the liberals are finished disarming the public, Ms. Duffy and her comrades might want to compile a database on how many people were killed because they were unable to defend themselves from violent criminals.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released research results compiled with CDC data in June, 2013. It showed “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”
In fact, most of the time the offending criminal was not killed. 92% merely brandish their gun or fired a warning shot to scare off their attackers, according to Gary Kleck and Aldine de Gruyter of the National Self-Defense Survey.
Moreover, for every accidental, suicide (and this category is the largest number of firearm deaths) and homicide death, 13 lives, or in total 390,000 lives were saved (Gary Kleck, Aldine de Gruyter).
These statistics should be kept in mind when when reading stories published by NBC News, the Washington Post, CNBC and other corporate media outlets responsible for exploiting mass shootings for the sake of disarming Americans.
Finally, to avoid misleading information, one should avoid Daily Kos. It is obvious they are distorting the facts in order to make a case the government should institute another ineffective background check system, a system that would not have stopped Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. Farook did have a criminal record–he failed to heed a red light and a stop sign.
If this will be the criteria used, most of us can expect that have our firearms confiscated–which will undoubtedly please Duffy and her irrational gun-fearing friends.