It’s difficult to overstate the power of the media’s ability to manufacture consensus on issues like gun control. A recent study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence found that the “perpetuation of potentially inaccurate stereotypes not only misguides future research on [mass shootings], but also shapes the social construction of mass murder.”
In other words, statistically rare acts of violence are propagandized as systemic social problems. How rare? “Put another way, being the victim of a mass shooting is just about as unlikely as being struck by lightning, which occurred at a rate of 0.035 per 100,000 people in 2016,” explains Jaclyn Schildkraut, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Oswego. You are far more likely to die in a car crash, in a fire, or choking on food, she notes.
Biden may make appeals to the hearts of Americans, cheapening two tragedies in the process, but there is nothing compassionate about the Democratic Party’s gun control agenda. The realities of these policies mean depriving millions of Americans of the tools they use for self-defense and hunting—or turning them into fugitives overnight because they cannot afford to pay the fees to keep their property with prison sentences comparable to rapists hanging over their heads.
This is class warfare by another name, and that should make it clear Biden is still “not working for you” as he prepares to issue executive actions on gun control.
— Pedro Gonzalez in Joe Biden’s Gun Control Plan Is Really Class Warfare