The Trace’s “about” page describes the website as an “independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism startup dedicated to shining a light on America’s gun violence crisis . . .We rely on generous readers to ensure we have the resources required to fulfill our mission.” It’s a bald-faced lie . . .
The Trace is owned, operated and financed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; a billionaire who’s spent tens of millions of dollars supporting pro-gun control political candidates. The Trace is entirely dependent on Mr. Bloomberg’s money for its existence, and it’s completely partisan, doing everything it can to promote its owner’s civilian disarmament dreams.
Old news in these parts, where we spend a good part of our editorial effort fisking their lies and obvious misdirections. But it’s worth highlighting again today — if only because The Trace is so sneaky about hiding its agenda. Here’s part of their post Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Gun Violence in America?
The Trace’s “died by firearms” stat includes suicides. In fact, more than half of all firearms-related fatalities in the U.S. are suicides.
When someone kills themself with a gun, they die by their own hand, not “by firearms.” Unless you want to paint it that way. Which is why the question itself covers up the suicide component, clearly implying that all 35k were “shot” by someone else.
Once again, The Trace conflates children shot and children who shoot themselves. If we follow the link in their answer, we learn that “gun homicides among children 17 or under have declined 36 percent since 2007, but gun suicides have increased 60 percent.”
So how many Americans aged 17 or under are shot and how many shoot themselves? Another question: how many of those “children” who “are shot” are involved in gang-related criminal activity?
You see how this works? The Trace is an anti-gun rights propaganda machine masquerading a legitimate news source.
They have one mission: to generate support for civilian disarmament. Even if it means distracting Americans from real solutions to real problems, such as tackling adolescent suicide from a mental health perspective. In other words, even if people die as a result.