The Gun Violence Archive stands as the favorite go-to resource for anti-gun reporters and politicians to draw on statistics about violence committed with firearms. However, the truth must not be sensational enough for them. So what does the GVA do to whip up emotions? By their own reporting, they’re including very “non-violent” incidents as “Gun Violence” in their “school shootings” category.
If their cause was righteous and noble, why do they have to lie?
Here is exactly what some folks have noticed:
In the ten most recent “school shootings” incidents cited, the total number of people injured or killed stands at zero.
How do you count an incident where nobody was shot or wounded as “gun violence?” That’s a good question.
Take this incident of “gun violence” from Jan. 19, 2024:
Unloaded gun found in locked bag; ammunition found nearby
Once more, it would seem that gun control advocates have to get creative with disinformation to gin up outrage against legal gun ownership. Unfortunately when mainstream media reporters cite the junk data from the “Gun Violence Archive,” 99.44% of the population has no idea that those numbers of “shootings” are by and large utter bunk.
It’s just like the junk science that plagues our universities.
Recall the Rand study that found that just 123 of 27,900 gun control studies meet rigorous scientific standards. And that using those junk science studies to claim that gun control actually prevents criminal misuse of guns is less scientifically accurate than claiming drinking milk causes car accidents.
We’ve all heard stories — on a monthly basis, if not more often — about alleged “studies” that allegedly show that if we just pass a few more gun control measures, we can finally turn the tide on the criminal misuse of firearms. Various big gun control groups love to tout these studies to support their baseless claims that more commonsense restrictions on law-abiding citizens’ rights will make the difference where thousands of other gun control laws have failed.
Take, for instance, this one from the highly respected, straight-shooting (cough) news network, CNN . . .
Study: 3 federal laws could reduce gun deaths by more than 90%
Passing federal laws that require universal background checks for firearm purchases, background checks on ammunition purchases and firearm identification could reduce the rate of U.S. gun deaths by more than 90%, according to a new study.
“We wanted to see which restrictive gun laws really work, as opposed to saying ‘restrictive laws work,’ and figure out if we are pushing for a law which might not work,” said Bindu Kalesan, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University and lead author of the study, which was published on Thursday in The Lancet.
If you believed any of that, I have some lovely beachfront property in Arkansas I’d like to talk to you about.
Recently the RAND Corporation analyzed 27,900 studies like the one above that purport to research gun control measures. Shockingly, they found that only a tiny fraction of them actually survive rigorous scientific scrutiny into their findings.
So the next time you see or hear a reporter quoting from the Gun Violence Archive regarding school shootings, you now know the truth about their make-believe numbers.