Today’s myth about mass shootings

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You likely woke up this morning to a barrage of main stream media news stories about a study claiming states with fewer gun owners and strict gun control have less mass shootings.


The study, published in the BMJ, concluded:

“States with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership had higher rates of mass shootings, and a growing divide appears to be emerging between restrictive and permissive states.”

Our favorite gun grabbing Congressman, Rep. Eric “Nuke ‘em” Swalwell couldn’t wait to share the good news:

“What a concept: stricter gun laws = fewer mass shootings. And none of those laws stop you from hunting with your kids, shooting for sport, and protecting your house. BUT, with these laws you also can dance at a concert, pray at a synagogue, and learn in class with less fear.”

If only all states had strict gun control laws in place like California, home of the San Bernardino mass shooters, the sex crazed virgin Santa Barbara mass shooter, or the Thousand Oaks country bar mass shooter.

If only we had Universal Background Checks – a federal law criminalizing private party transfers – so everyone is presumed to be a guilty, prohibited person until they pay the government to prove they’re innocent, a background check system that Las Vegas mass shooter, the Parkland school mass shooter, the Thousand Oaks country bar mass shooter, the sex-crazed virgin Santa Barbara mass shooter, the Colorado movie theater mass shooter, the Gabby Gifford mass shooter, the South Carolina church mass shooter, the Texas Church mass shooter, and the Virginia Tech mass shooter, all passed.


Sensing a pattern?

When a study begins with a conclusion in mind, data gets cherry picked until you get the conclusions you want.

But here’s a gun control reality people like Swalwell love to overlook. What do concerts, synagogues, and classrooms all have in common? Guns are typically completely banned in these places, yet something like 98% of mass shootings occur in these “gun free zones.”

That’s right, the places with the fewest guns and the strictest gun control have 98% of the mass shootings. Did that make it into this study?

They’re still under the false presumption that laws prevent crime like mass shootings. Laws can only punish people after they commit a crime, and no law can stop an active mass shooter.

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