More lies about gun control
Out of respect for the dead I wasn’t going to say anything about the South Carolina church shooting and gun control. But since Obama went there, I do feel compelled to correct what he said. (I was going to post this earlier, but the Supreme Court went crazy and I got sidetracked.)
In reference to the tragic church shooting in South Carolina, President Obama said, “But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.” (I can’t help but think that after that first bit of nonsense came out his brain started pumping the brakes and came up with the second. I wish I could’ve been there to hear the inner dialogue….”Way to go Barack, now math is gonna win again”)
Let’s take the two statements individually and see if maybe even part of what he said is true.
“…this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.”
Au contraire mon frère….it does. (That was French. They speak French in France, the place Obama didn’t travel to in support of the victims of a terrorist attack this year.)
- Finland, 2007–8 killed
- Finland, 2008–10 killed and then set on fire
- Mumbai, 2008–164 killed
- Germany, 2009–15 killed
- Norway, 2011–80 killed
- Canada, 2014–8 killed
- France, 2015–12 killed
“It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”
Seriously, that’s a nice attempt at a save. Especially considering it was surely done on the fly. But he’s still wrong.
If Obama is going to use words like “frequency”, he’s going to invoke notions of words like “statistics”. And believe me, statistics are Obama’s greatest enemy when it comes to gun control. For example…
Corrected for population, the United States isn’t even in the top five countries for mass shooting dangerousness.
Corrected for population Norway is hands down the most dangerous place to be for mass shootings at 15.2 fatalities per 1million residents. But all of those people were killed by one tragically effective madman, so we’ll play nice and just disregard Norway (in reference to the “frequency” statement).
In the four years between 2009 and 2013 the number of mass shooting fatalities per 1million people in Finland was 1.85. In the US it was 0.74. Finns (Finnishites, Finnvillians?) were twice as likely to be killed by a mass shooter than Americans. I don’t know much about Finland, but I’m pretty sure they’re “civilized”…right?
I know President Obama wants to make a final push at gun control. But to stand on the shoulders of the dead to shout his message is irreverent and uncouth. Especially when what he’s shouting is a lie.
If you really want to keep Americans safe, you can start by eliminating
gun free zonesvictim zones.
In South Carolina a member of a church has to have a license to carry a concealed handgun and then obtain a special note from their church before they can protect themselves from crazy murderers.
It’s important to note that the murderer didn’t obtain a concealed handgun license or a permission note from the preacher…..because he was a criminal.
And that’s all that gun control laws will do….make sure that criminals keep their guns while ensuring that the good guys are victims.