The gaslighting has been flowing fast and furious. The Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex, eagerly assisted by their supporters in the media, have been claiming that the reason for the nationwide spike in violent crime is…wait for it….guns!
Literally everyone with an IQ above room temperature knows that Americans have been buying guns at a never-before-seen pace in direct response to more than a year of increased street violence, defunded police departments, and disinterested criminal justice systems.
As AOC calls concerns over surging crime ‘hysteria’, Bronx City Councilman states it is “crisis”:
“She should talk to the senior citizens in the Bx who r afraid to come out of their house …the mothers whose kids were killed by gun violence.” https://t.co/fi852yz4Vt
— heemin (@heemin__) June 29, 2021
When the increasingly pervasive crime problem began to be perceived as a political problem for the local Democrats who control America’s major cities, as well as those in Washington who cheered on many of the policies that lead to the jump in violence, the media stepped in.
Clearly, the simplest way for them to help was to place the finger of blame not on the failed policies, but on the millions of guns that had been sold and all the nuts who’ve been buying them.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes happily stepped up to draw a link between gun sales and higher crime rates.
“Last year, Americans bought 23 million guns. Sixty-four percent increase over 2019 sales, according to Washington Post analysis of federal data on gun background checks. That’s part of a larger trend which is an acceleration of gun sales in the U.S. in the last ten years.” Hayes said “America is a violent place. America has a lot of guns. And last year, American’s got a lot more guns and got more violent. Is it crazy to see a relationship between these two simple stark facts?”
When in doubt, the media always turn to a few trusted objective anti-gun sources like the Bloomberg’s paid minions at The Trace or, Garen Wintemute at UC-Davis. As The New York Times wrote . . .
Dr. Wintemute, of the University of California…analyzed federal background check data from January 2018 through the first months of the pandemic. His research showed that more violence happened in states where gun purchases were up the most — but that many factors were at play, including lockdowns and job loss, and that it was not clear that gun sales in particular were the driver.
Nevertheless, he said, the buying surge was worrying, given just how sharp the rise in homicides was last year, up by a quarter, according to data from the F.B.I. An overwhelming majority of homicides in the United States are from guns. The jump has continued this year, up by about 18 percent in a sample of 37 cities in the first three months, compared to the same period last year. Historically, however, the rate is still far below the ones from the 1990s.
“We have just turned the corner into some really awful territory,” he said.
But today, an inconvenient data point appeared. The assiduously left wing Guardian reported that a just-completed study found that gun sales, in fact, are not to blame for the “gun violence” surge.
Through July of last year, there was no clear association between the increase in firearm purchases and the increase in most interpersonal gun violence at the state level, according to a new study published in Injury Epidemiology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
The findings suggest that “we need to be looking at other factors, like job loss, economic change, the closure of schools and community organizations and nonprofits, and civil unrest,” in order to understand last year’s increase in gun violence, Julia Schleimer, the lead author of the new study, said.
Note that nowhere in the Guardian’s story does the phrase “defund the police” appear.
Anyway, news like that won’t go over well at Everytown or Giffords HQ. To say nothing of the White House.
The results of the new study are an unexpected addition to the fierce political battle over how to explain last year’s estimated 25% increase in homicides, which experts say they expect will be the worst single-year increase in killings since the 1960s. While official government data is not yet available, experts are projecting that the US saw an additional 4,000 to 5,000 homicides nationwide in 2020, and the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive recorded nearly 4,000 additional gun homicides last year compared with 2019. (emphasis added)
Speaking of the White House, they appear to be in panic mode. They’ve achieved little in terms of their ambitious gun control agenda so far. They’ve proposed a couple of oppressive new rules via the ATF. One would redefine what a gun is in order to kill off the 80% lower business. The other would virtually end the sales of AR pistol braces.
Those two proposed rules have received hundreds of thousands of public comments in opposition so far, and the de facto pistol brace ban generated a letter of opposition from 48 US Senators.
And then there’s the David Chipman nomination as head of the ATF. Chipman, of course, is the current Giffords-paid gun control advocate who Grampy Joe thought would be the perfect choice to lead the nation’s firearms regulatory agency.
But Chipman didn’t even get a positive recommendation from the Senate Judiciary committee (the vote was an 11-11 tie) and no vote of the full Senate has been scheduled yet.
Some of that has to do with his advocacy of regulating Americans’ more than 20 million AR-15 rifles like machine guns under the National Firearms Act (even though he can’t manage to define what an “assault weapon” is). And key Senate Dems like Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Manchin and John Tester may also be troubled by his lack of candor during his confirmation hearing.
Chippy did’t mention that time he lost his duty gun when he was an ATF agent. Or the fact that his wife works — well, worked — at the ATF. And there’s the little matter of Chipman’s ATF personnel record and some racist remarks he allegedly made about fellow agents while working in the ATF’s Detroit office.
The anti-gun nominee can’t afford to lose even one Senate Democrat and the fact is, he may not have the votes he needs.
Maybe that’s part of why this afternoon, the BidenHarris White House hastily announced a meeting scheduled for Monday to emphasize the bumbling administration’s efforts to combat the “gun violence” surge.
The White House says Biden will highlight his administration’s push to increase funding for local law enforcement to improve community policing practices through the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill he signed into law earlier this year. Some states and local governments are also using funding from that so-called American Rescue Plan to fund youth employment programs and other measures that could help curtail crime.
Translation: the “defund the police” push that state and local Democrats across the country pushed and cheered on has been an unmitigated disaster in terms of increased crime, lives lost, and blame directed at the Democrats who pushed it.
Biden’s budget request to Congress also calls for more funding for federal and state law enforcement, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to improve that agency’s ability to track and disrupt gun trafficking.
So now “funding for local law enforcement” has become infrastructure — or something. Biden wants it known he’ll be throwing a lot of federal cash at local governments to begin un-doing the defunding damage by putting more cops back on the payroll.
Good luck with that. Convincing people to take those beat cop jobs given the current anti-law enforcement climate in most major cities will probably be far harder than Grampy Joe thinks.
Biden will no doubt make the case Monday that a critical part of doing something about the violent crime spike and all of that alleged gun trafficking is having his man leading the ATF. That means confirming Chipman with all deliberate speed.
Will any of this make a difference in crimes committed? Please.
Still, he’ll be able to say he tossed lots of taxpayer dollars at putting more cops on the street, while continuing to lie about the scourge of guns and gun makers. In the end, about the only thing that might make Monday’s dog and pony show a success is if his handlers give him an ice cream cone to hold while he talks.