In the world of gun-control, having the President of the United States make statements on gun control is the ultimate credibility test. If our President says it, it must be true and the correct thing to do, right? Sadly, no. In fact, some of the things our commander in chief says are bold face lies. Even when the most prejudiced internet search shows the statements are a lie, the President said it so YOU must be wrong.
Where are the fact checkers now?
Following a horrific school shooting, we have the 44th President of the United States saying: “We are failing our children. Guns are now the leading cause of death for children in the U.S.” This is a carefully crafted lie.
The so-called “research” the former President is quoting is from the gun-control community’s own funded study that carefully manipulates statistics to get the results they wanted.
For instance, the study only included data from 2020–2021 and;
The children are aged 1 to 19.
Excluded from numbers were 0–1 aged children whose unique morbidity rates would throw off the numbers and included 18- and 19-year old’s whose number greatly inflated the rates, even though 18- and 19-year-olds are legally considered adults.
Removing the bias numbers puts the leading cause of death for children as accidents.
The study also claims, “The U.S. has by far the highest child and teen firearm mortality rate among peer countries”. Again, a carefully curated lie.
Starting with the dubious definition of “children”, it compounds the bias error by comparing to “peer countries”. This is a cherry-picked list of countries with low firearm ownership rates — including near total bans — and other legal difference all combining to ensure the US rate looks shocking in comparison. This other country list is frequently called other “rich countries”, “developed countries”, “industrialized countries”, “wealthy countries” and “advanced democracies”. Conveniently, there is no published definition of what gets a country on this list, but the result ALWAYS shows the US is horribly violent.
By the way, if you look at the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) homicide rate, a number which excludes suicide, self-defense, law enforcement interventions and non-intentional homicide (accidents), you’ll find the United States down around # 60.
Definitions matter and manipulating the results to arrive at a predetermined conclusion is a lie. This is why I always treat “research” by the gun-control lobby with suspicion.
Then there is our current President’s recent quote. “You’re not allowed to go out and own an automatic weapon. You’re not allowed to own a machine gun. You’re not allowed to own a flamethrower.”
While you might be tempted to dismiss this statement as another one of our often-confused President’s ramblings, let’s call it what it really is, a lie.
Automatic weapons & machine guns (we’re assuming he means the same thing here, but who knows) are in fact legal to own. NFA (National Firearms Act) firearms may be purchased or transferred by any legal resident of the United States, over 18 (21 for some items), not prohibited from firearm ownership, and not living in a non-NFA permitted state. There is a $200 tax and a background check that can take up to a year, or more to compete. NFA firearms are extremely expensive and come with a number of restrictions, but they are legal.
Flame throwers are legal in all 50 states, with only two currently imposing additional licensing or equipment restrictions. The reason is simple too. Flame throwers are not firearms and not subject to NFA or FFL background check restrictions. Although I’m going to bet now that the President has declared them persona non grata, the nanny states are going to jump all over this and start restricting them.
Having our President stand before a national audience spouting off lies about firearms, the Second Amendment or the law is nothing new. The firearms community is used to it, and we all do a collective face palm when we hear these blatant lies. The problem is this information influences people who do not know any better, or simply don’t care to know fact from fiction.
Following the principle of “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”, the gun-control zealots flood the airwaves, news and social media with emotional messages to “do something” following the horrific deaths of innocent victims. Facts don’t matter at a time like this, only that they have the ONE and ONLY solution that will stop so-called gun violence once and for all — gun control.
Remember, gun control does absolutely nothing to increase public safety and the answer to fix that shortcoming is always to implement more gun control.
In the real world, firearms are used to defend and save lives in this country every single day. A 2013 CDC (Centers for Disease Control) study found civilian defensive use of firearms outnumbered felonious use by a rate of 3 to 1, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million uses per year. YOUR right to purchase, own, possess and carry a firearm in defense of your life and the lives of your family is what is at stake.
Know the facts, share the facts. Just because they said it doesn’t make it true.
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