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Tell me again why we “need” gun control legislation?

I assume you may have seen this:

The FBI’s study showed 64 “mass killing” incidents from 2000 to 2013. The gunmen in these cases murdered 418 people.

Breitbart News reports:

The 418 people who were killed over a 14-year period works out to an average of 29.8 persons a year.
To be clear, no one wants to see even one life lost to tragedy, but the mainstream media’s focus on “mass shootings” to the detriment of other news where hundreds or even thousands more lives were lost is telling.For example, the CDC bicycle-related injury report for 2010 shows that almost twice as many people died on bicycles in that one year than were killed in “mass shootings” during the 14 years studied by the FBI. Thus, while there were 418 deaths in “mass shootings” from 2000 to 2013, there were 800 deaths by bicycle in 2010 alone.
Moreover, there “were an estimated 515,000 emergency department visits” due to bicycle accidents.

And CDC death statistics for 2010 show there were 26,009 deaths from “falling” for that year alone. That’s right–26,009 deaths in one year from falls from ladders, counters, roofs, mountains, etc.

To summarize there were an average of 29.8 deaths a year for 14 years from “mass shootings” versus 800 bicycle related deaths and 515,000 bicycle related trips to the emergency room. Plus an additional 26,009 deaths from falling.

Now this isn’t news to anyone who has been following this debate for any length of time and has been interested in the facts, not the ideological take or spin.

In a nation of 300 million plus with about the same number of guns among the population, the loss of life in mass shootings is … that’s right, statistically insignificant.  That doesn’t mean we should like them or condone them or not feel grief and outrage about the deaths.  What it means is that there is no crisis, no significant problem, no reason to concern ourselves about draconian gun restrictions because of “mass shootings”.  Oh sure they give the 24 hour news channels plenty to shout about and of course it gives the politicians what they feel is an easy mark to “solve” the problem.  But just as the 26,009 deaths from falling are statistically insignificant (hey, I know, let’s outlaw falling .. or should we outlaw stairs and ladders?), so are the mass shooting statistics.

“Assault weapons” are not a problem (they’re semi-automatic weapons … period) and mass shootings, while a tragedy are certainly not a crisis that requires more laws, regulations and rights violations.  The gun control laws in place now have never stopped a mass shooter from doing his thing.  What has stopped them though are other armed and law abiding citizens.

That’s the lesson that should be taken away from these tragedies.  Not the guns. The statistics do not support any further gun control because of “mass shootings”.

Period.

~McQ

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15 Responses to Tell me again why we “need” gun control legislation?

  • Yeah, but bicycles and ladders can’t be used to fight back against authoritarian leftists. So leftists don’t make a big deal about those deaths – those can’t be uses as a cudgel in their continuous march towards more power to remove the means of resistance.

  • “In a nation of 300,000 million plus…” errr whut?

    • Lol … it’s been a long day, okay? Edited.

      • In a country with 11 to 14 million illegal immigrants who we are told are ‘impossible’ to round up, who in their right mind thinks you can round up 300,000 million guns

  • Whew! I sure am glad I got rid of my bicycle. That was close.

  • Yep. We need to register those assault bicycles.

  • The ladder, it, it just went off!

    And another thing going on is the recent progressivism trend to redefine how many are “mass”, I’ve reviewed at least one list that counted 2, dead, not including the shooter as “mass”.
    Oh and coupled with the media figure inflate of counting the shooter, who we all hope is dead, as one the dead. Technically accurate I suppose, but….

  • It’s not politically correct to say it, but most homicides are gang bangers killing other gang bangers, gang bangers killing people standing near their gang banger targets or gang bangers killing people they’ve targeted for crime. Your chance of dying from a gunshot if you are not a gang banger or not committing suicide is 0.0005417721518987342 percent. The media won’t tell you that.”
    QOTD at Doug Ross

    That kind of sets things in a clear light, if it can be supported factually.

  • This certainly explains … Bicycle Repairman … being so powerful.

  • Ah, there’s been another sad incident of workplace violence and gay hatred in Instanbul I see.
    Lax gun control, failure to implement “No fly, No Buy!” and an atmosphere of Republican/Trump inspired racist ignorance are to blame.

    We must be vigilant against Islamophobic responses and must rush to create diversity here in the US by importing as many people from the peaceful Middle East as we can, as quickly as we can.

    • I’m thinking the shortest summary of why the left likes Islam is that they both require submission. They know better than we do, and the rest of us just have to submit to their vision of the world.

      Those visions vary, of course, but I don’t think the actual vision varies nearly as much as the determination to make others submit. That’s why those superficially different groups are so much alike.

      • The difference of course is the left thinks they can put down their Islamist tool when it has served it’s usefulness.
        The Afghan Mujahadeen and American foreign policy after the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan is an excellent example of how the left thinks it works.

        The Islamists on the other hand will, quite literally, put the left down when they have no longer useful.