[This article originally appeared at Handwaving Freakoutery and is reprinted here with permission. To subscribe to HWFO, click here.]
By BJ Campbell, Handwaving Freakoutery
Today we are going to pick apart this tweet:
…and its companion article to explain in clear terms the many layers of lies that the media and the antigun activists are telling, some unwittingly and some intentionally, so we can see how those layers interact.
Let’s begin . . .
‘Mass Shooting’ Semantic Fuckery
America reached the grim number by the first week of March – record time, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one in which at least four people are shot, excluding the shooter.
Let’s look at the most recent mass shooting according to CNN’s graphic.
Three adults and one child caught bullets in a Memphis ghetto during a drive-by or similar, and all were in stable condition at various hospitals. Nothing like the horrific spree shootings. Certainly terrible for all involved, but it’s the sort of thing that plays out on local news every day that everyone in the country regularly ignores.
The Gun Violence Archive sets the bar in such a way that it will go up and down with the rates of generic violence, because it’s literally just measuring generic violence.
The first layer of the lie is they bait and switch you with the definitions.
Rigging the Clock
This is the fastest we’ve reached this grim milestone since @GunDeaths started tracking the data in 2014.
The year of our Lord two thousand fourteen. What a convenient time to start the clock. Despite what the media tried to make you believe in the twenty teens, 2014 had the lowest murder rate since 1963. It was a historic minimum.
There have only been six years in the past century where the USA had a lower murder rate than 2014. The last time we had a rate as low as 2014 was the same year NASA was doing Project Mercury.
Let’s see how the first two lies fit together. First, they index something that has nothing to do with spree killings and instead is a measuring stick for ordinary violent crime. Next, they don’t bother to start their accounting for that measure during the prohibition era, nor the rise of cocaine in the 1970s, nor the crack epidemic in the 80s and 90s, but instead they only start the clock when the USA was in a historic murder low to ensure that their ginned up measurement is “on the rise.”
And this ladies and gentlemen is why math is being deemed racist and common core being pushed to replace traditional instruction.
There is already a shortage of qualified STEM (including tradesmen) people out there and in 10-20 years most of them will be retired out of circulation.
Gonna be great when the best we have to replace them are people who have been raised thinking math is racist, statistics are arbitrary, government can regulate physics and good-intentions excuse bad outcomes.
Our best hope is that we build those diagnosing machines from Idiocracy sooner rather than later and we all die before they breakdown and need repairs.
If anyone wants to see Mass Gun Deaths………. just look to occupied Europe under communism and the nazis.
Had the French had some 20 Million armed citizens with “assault weapons” or Poland with 15 Million or 6 Million Jews so armed, there may have not been a WW2.
The WORST year of “Mass killing” in the USA…..pales PALESSSSSS in comparison to a week under the commies or nazis.
The same can be said for Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and every two bit Dictator that disarmed their populace, before their killing spree started. Mao, actually takes the prize for committing the largest Genocide in world history, with a conservative estimate of 60,000,000.
You’re 100% Correct. An Armed Citizenry does not meekly board the cattle cars. Which is why McSniffy Schitz-His-Pants and the DemoCommiecrats want to Disarm us.
It’s called Liberal Educational Indoctrination. Formally know as Public Education and has been happening since the late 70’s. Only in the last decade or so has, Progressiveism entered the picture. I saw the beginning of this Reeducation Ideology in the mid to late 70’s while still in high-school. I didn’t recognize it until some years later. I even had a Government teacher, Mr. Gary Hollenberg who warned us that we would see the day when the United States would be infiltrated by a Socialist Ideology in mainstream education and as a major component of our Government. He said it is a natural progression of a society where the people no longer have to struggle of fight for their Freedom and become fat and lazy from the government taking over the needs and wants of the people. Just like was done during the Roman Empire. The number of people are kept sated by the government becomes larger than those willing to do for themselves until the division is so great that they become the only thing that matters to those in power. Who then take from those who have to control those who want. Until it comes to the point where those being taken from No longer except the status quo and rebel against the system, tear it down and remove those in power. As happened with the Roman Empire. As well as every Empire and Government that has followed that pathway down through human history. The only question is. How long before the haves get tired of being used for nothing more than a source to give to the have nots? Simply to allow those in control of the Government to continue to exist.
Awaiting Moderation. Imagine That…
You aren’t allowed to say So_shall_list without permission.
subtract black on black…and things don’t look nearly so bad….
Thanks for this. If the weather holds, I’ll be out back unleashing 1911 hell on one of my stumps. 🙂
It’s not about any of that, it’s all about the Chinese getting us softened up before the invasion.
We don’t have a gun problem. We have a certain demographic group problem.
Wait… According to the source, the estimated firearm ownership rate in Hawaii is 45%, and ranks 10th highest in the US? I don’t buy that number in the least. Doesn’t pass the “sniff” test…
“look at how we can have a lot of guns and heavy restrictions and not have out of control crime” narrative building?
Mass shooting derived from massacre, I just dont think it should be called a mass shooting unless there is an acre of dead people or everyone shot were in a catholic church saying prayers.
Definition checks out
The majority of what they’re calling Mass Shootings, are Gang Related, which is a whole different problem in and of itself. The innocent bystanders that catch a bullet, weren’t the intended targets, thus they are collateral damage in a Gang War. Even when there is only Gang Casualties, it’s still the result of a “kill them before they can kill you” mindset, but it’s not a Spree Mass Shooting or a Retaliatory due to Bullying Mass Scholl Shooting. Lumping them all together and calling it Mass Shootings is intellectually dishonest and a fabricated Lie on their part.
Red Flag Laws are claimed to reduce Suicides by gun, and they do slightly, but the whole picture shows that the slight drop in Suicides by gun is offset in a rise of Suicides by other means. The reality is the laws haven’t prevented Suicides, merely changed the means by which one takes their life. That really isn’t addressing the real problem, which is suicide itself.
I got news for you.
our journalists already know this BS is BS.
they don’t care.
They profit from the system. Do you think they want to change it?
CNN? CNN? Is that something that Fauci was funding?
Something happened in 2014 to cause that change. We need to note it and study it so that it doesn’t happen again. It rhymes with Berguson effect. It had nothing to do with the amount of guns in America. Oops 2020 St. George Floyd Summer of Fire. Now how and why did that happen (again, but worse)? Never forget the “conservatives” who played along with it.
Gun grabbers can flimsy up the mass shooting numbers to inflate them. But even a shallow inspection of the actual events will show that America doesn’t have a gun problem but a violent negro population.
The FACT is that there is NO accepted “definition” of the term “mass shooting”.
You raise a very valid point Walter, and it’s a point where we’ve allowed the Anti-Gunners, Dishonest Politicians, and an Unelected Bureaucracy way too much space, leeway and opportunity to manipulate around with the definition and craft their narrative. The problem is there are far too many definitions being tossed about, and it doesn’t help, it only complicates the problem further.
There’s a difference between Gang Mass Shootings and Spree Type Mass Shootings. Both are grievance driven, but one is a War with rival gangs, the other is driven by some imagined or actual grievance with society.
In one, the target is a rival, and regrettably, some times innocent bystanders are shot too, but they weren’t the intended target(s).
The other targets everyone they can, whether they were a part of the grievance or not.
Lumping both together, doesn’t work towards a strategy of preventing future shootings, and it’s blatantly Intellectually Dishonest on the part of those calling both Mass Shootings.
Gang Mass Shootings are the result of the “Kill Your Rival/Enemy Before He Kills You” mentality prevalent in the Gang Culture. While various means have been tried to change that mentality, the fact that the problem is growing menace, indicates the various means have completely failed. Add in the fact that the Gang Cultures is intimately tied to the Illegal Drug Trade, and the roots of the various problems that have allowed that culture to flourish, are easily exposed.
The differences between the two types of Mass Shootings are obvious if one is honest about the situations that created both.
I sincerely believe that needs to be pounded into the heads of Anti-Gunners, and they need called out on their Dishonesty everytime they open their pinholes and start spouting their Bull Schit.