Hats off to onlygunsandmoney.blogspot.com for highlighting the fact that the ATF’s anti-gun violence agit-prop relies on stats provided by The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. John Richardson and TTAG’s Bruce Krafft should get together for some craft (Krafft?) beer. Richardson sets ’em up: The video starts with these statements: “Gun Violence Killed 31,593 People in One Year”; “Gun Violence Killed 2,966 Children (Aged 19 and Under)”; “Gun Violence Kills 87 People Every Day in the U.S.” Richardson knocks ’em down . . .
“If you go deeper, you find that 59% of the deaths using a firearm are suicides. Only 36% are homicides or what the average person would call a result of violent crime.
Of the 87 people that “gun violence” kills per day, 56 are self-inflicted. Only an average of 31 per day nationwide (or a few weekends in Chicago) are the result of crime.
Looking at the “children” killed by “gun violence”, we find that 2,420 out of the 2,966 deaths are for those aged 16 or older. This would include self-inflicted deaths, gang violence, legal interventions by police, accidents, and murders. Given that a 16 year old can be tried as an adult in most states, I think that is a more appropriate age cut-off than those under age 20 . . .
Why is the ATF using skewed statistics from the Brady Campaign? Moreover, why are they using the term “gun violence” when as the chief Federal agency charged with the regulation of firearms they should know better?
Because the ATF was created by gun grabbers for gun grabbers. Of course, Mr. Richardson knows that. A lot of people may wake up to that fact when Congressman Issa’s Oversight Committee resumes hearing on Operation Fast and Furious. Or they may not.