Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Fear About Things That Won't Kill Us Is Killing Us

The Daily Beast

Lindsey Graham can barely get ISIS out of his mouth before blowing his shpadoinkle and screeching "we may all get killed!" Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., did him one better, imagining Ebola-infected members of ISIS entering the United States as human WMDS. Then there's former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who while remodeling himself after the Patriots as a generic New England product, has become convinced that kids with Ebola are about to come rushing across the southern border like Pancho Villa. 

Meanwhile, returning from la-la land to our regularly scheduled program, 86 people died in the United States today from gunfire. Just like the day before. Much like the 86 who will die tomorrow. Nobody died from Ebola, or ISIS or Honduran children, unless it was in a goofball-induced, Louie Gohmert fever dream. Funny, then, that you won't hear these very same tricorne-wearing town criers utter a word about this preventable sickness that is genuinely killing Americans. 

This is only made that much worse by the grim statistics we augmented on Friday. We had our 87th—yes 87th—school shooting since Newtown. If this doesn't shock you at least somewhat, you've been living here too long. This time it was near Seattle, where another troubled young man got his hands on a gun in a society where we don't make it much of a challenge for children. 

As the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence made clear in a recent report called "The Truth About Kids and Guns," he and the one young woman he killed would have only made up two of the 2,703 child and teen firearm deaths in America in 2011. That is seven children and teens killed by gunfire each and every day in America. It's a scandal.


  1. Wow, the Beast takes two very inaccurate "studies" from gun control groups to use to defend their stance on gun violence. The school shooting study has even been criticized by CNN and Politifact. And then there is the child and teen firearms deaths figure that adds adults into the numbers in order to double the number of deaths.
    I'm surprised they didn't throw in the VPC's concealed carry killers "study".

    1. Count the school shooting more rigidly and remove the adult teens and the point remains the same.

    2. True, except that the groups lose their credibility. As I've said before, these groups could have just as accurately illustrated their point by using accurate numbers. By resorting to inflation of statistics to the point where even media sources sympathetic to their cause call them on it only serves to have their message discounted.
      Especially telling is all of them seem to be doing nothing about correcting these issues. At least when Kellerman's study was shown to have accuracy issues, he actually made corrections.

    3. They only lose credibility to those like yourself who are already antagonistic to their position. You seize on this as a way of dismissing the entire point, which is still valid.

    4. Again Mike, even media outlets friendly to gun control had to call BS because they managed to take the inflation of statistics to the point that not to mention it would harm the media outlets' credibility.
      And again, even after being called to task on this by the "friendly" media, they don't seem to have done anything to fix it.

    5. SSG Tactical Reason uses an old gunloon tactic--pretend studies gunloons don't like have been discredited.

      As I've sagely noted previously, gun murders of children are widely known to be understated because, in many states, homicides involving children are not a matter of public record.

    6. I thought you had stated previously that accidental deaths of children had been undercounted because they were "misclassified" as homicides.
      Total number didn't change, just the circumstances. The "studies" here don't limit themselves to accidental deaths, but all deaths by firearm. I think you were talking about this post.

      Even Mike seemed to "get it" back then,

      "What are you talking about? I never said the total number of deaths is under-reported. I understand that it's simply a case of mis-classifying accidents as murders."

  2. Killings allowed to go on because of gun loons and their cry of infringing on their rights because of regulations that would help stop some of these killings. The loons are kill crazy.