This is what we’re up against, a political ideology that is actively less interested in facts than it is in pushing a narrative. If you doubt the mendacity of the anti-gun Left, all you have to do is look at the support received by Jussie Smollett after his fraudulent hate crime report. His supporters in the media said that even if his report was false, it still reflects a greater truth and should be respected.
That is the mentality behind those who would deprive us of our ability to defend ourselves, our families, and others. They know they are lying, and they don’t care. They just think guns are bad. But they have to make it look like they aren’t lying, and this is how they do it.
When it comes to making gun stats work in their favor, all they have todo is lump in every unfortunate thing that involves guns and call it gun violence. It’s the same tactics leftists use in every aspect of politics, and in the end, it all comes down to the one overarching insult at the end of the rainbow- racism.
So, when it comes to guns, if you want to make them look scarier than they are, all you have to do is take the massive number of suicides by gun and lump it in with all the crime.
According to the CDC, in 2017, 23,854 people succeeded in committing suicide using a firearm. In the same year, all firearm deaths totaled 14,542. For a population of 100,000, that breaks down into 7.3% suicide, and 4.5% homicide by gun.
That’s a startlingly low number of deaths. Compared to heart disease, which killed 610,000 in the same time frame from which the above numbers were taken- it’s almost negligible. In other words, fast food is 41 times more dangerous than people with guns who intend to kill.
Those are some interesting numbers and we can draw useful conclusions from them. But that gets tough to do when all you see are anti-gun interpretations of those numbers. If you’re an anti-gun demagogue, and you want to make guns look insanely dangerous without overtly lying you would say something like, “Firearms were involved in more than 38,396 unnatural deaths in 2017- you racist!”
It sounds bad. Not as bad as heart disease-related deaths, but bad. So, as you go on in your anti-gun screed, you omit things like the relative numbers of death by heart attack, car accident, and so on. Why? Aren’tthese numbers unrelated? No, they are not. They place a clear perspective on the real danger of guns. They are real dangers that require real solutions and they tell us two things.
First, they tell us that guns are far less dangerous than cheeseburgers. And second, they tell us that the anti-gun left is not interested in reducing the overall death count. They are interested in reducing the gun count.
Now, if we were to be charitable, and presume our liberal friends are being logically consistent, then we have grounds to infer their motivations. What we can say is that they are not concerned about death, tragedy, or violence. They are interested in removing the power of self-protection from their political opponents.
There is only one reason to be so motivated, and we think you know what it is.