There are times when all one can do is shake their head about the ridiculous gun control organizations that spew lies about gun ownership, and then there are times when they must be exposed for their lies. The latter is one of those times.
The Executive Director and founder of the Violence Policy Center is Josh Sugarmann from Newtown, Connecticut. You can already see where this is going. Sugarmann’s organization is nothing but a hack gun control organization that uses false statistics and makes false claims as a result. On their About page on their website, they claim the following:
Gun violence is not only a crime problem: It is a public health epidemic. Each year, more than 33,000 Americans die from gun violence in suicides, homicides, and unintentional shootings. Shockingly, guns are the only consumer product manufactured in America that the federal government does not regulate for health and safety. The gun industry has exploited this unique exemption by designing, manufacturing, and marketing increasingly lethal products, nearly always using crossover military technologies.
Of the 33,000 people who die from gunshot wounds each year, over 20,000 are from suicides. Actual violence is around 10,000. In a country of 330 million people, that’s not even a blip on the radar. It’s nowhere near any statistical “epidemic,” unless you want to lie and fear-monger people like the VPC is doing.
In Sugarmann’s latest article on the Huffington Post, he tries to make the claim that guns don’t make us safer. Sugarmann is one of those men who would rather a woman be raped or killed and left in an alley than explain to the police why her attacker is dead because she had a firearm to protect herself. He points to the shooting of Representative Scalise in Virginia — where the attempted killers was actually stopped because people had firearms. From Huffington Post:
In the immediate aftermath of the attack, several Republicans, including some who had been on the scene of the shooting, told reporters that the only way for Americans to keep themselves safe is to carry a firearm at all times. Representative Chris Collins (R-NY) even wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post publicly declaring he would begin carrying a gun while he was in his district.
This knee-jerk response to gun violence is not only nonsensical, it is outright dangerous. The bottom line is, guns beget gun violence.
Gun violence is a made-up term by gun controllers like Sugarmann. There is no such thing as gun violence. Guns don’t commit acts of violence. A gun cannot load itself nor pull the trigger nor get up and aim itself at anyone. Homicides are human violence. Period. In order to push their agenda and narrative, people like Sugarmann must lie. He goes on with stats from the FBI that do not include self-defense uses of firearms in every case around the country:
– There were 7,670 criminal gun homicides. There were 224 justifiable homicides involving a gun.
– Only 1.1 percent of victims or intended victims of a violent crime used a firearm in self-defense.
– Only 0.2 percent of victims or intended victims of a property crime used a firearm in self-defense.
– For every time a person used a gun to kill in a justifiable homicide, 34 innocent lives were ended in criminal gun homicides.
This doesn’t represent even a small portion of the number of times firearms are used in actual self-defense. This is literally only referring to deaths where humans used firearms. Sugarmann claims the NRA makes false claims about self-defense uses of firearms but it is HE who is making the false claims:
The NRA falsely claims that “millions” of Americans use guns for self-defense every year, a number that pro-gun advocates continually use to push their agenda — even though it has been shown to be factually inaccurate.
The Obama Administration, via Executive Order, spent $10 million taxpayer dollars to have the CDC research all of the studies that existed regarding “gun violence.” The CDC came to a very different conclusion than the VPC. From the CDC report:
- Armed citizens are less likely to be injured by an attacker:
“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
- Defensive uses of guns are common:
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate thatdefensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals,with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year…in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
Sugarmann also goes on to claim that gun ownership is down which is another falsehood being perpetrated by the gun control crowd:
Why does the gun industry persist in its lies? Short answer: to make money. With household gun ownership falling, the gun industry cynically promotes any excuse to make Americans feel afraid — and find the answer to their fear in buying a gun.
What does he use to make the claim that gun ownership is falling? A SURVEY. That’s right, a survey in which households were asked by some random person if they owned firearms. Not only are the survey results absolutely bogus but they surveyed less than 2,000 people each year of the survey. Not only that, but they don’t show the numbers of people in what areas they actually surveyed them.
If this Chicago-based organization, known as the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), got more results from states and cities like those of Chicago or New York City, those numbers would obviously skew the results in a negative manner. Those cities and the people in them hardly represent the entire country.
Of course, a real research study was conducted using actual numbers of firearms registered for sale to figure out just how many firearms actually exist in the population. Year after year, the number of 300 million guns in America is sold, but that means no one is purchasing new firearms — and that isn’t statistically possible. From a previous report by TFPP:
At this point we have a reasonable and very conservative, very low estimate of 329 million new firearms to the US market 1999-2016. The question becomes one of estimating how many firearms were made and imported in the period from the invention of modern metallic cartridge, smokeless powder ammunition from, say, 1899 to 1998 — and how many of those survive as practical, usable firearms.
Absent a better idea, we can say that the US inventory of firearms is almost certainly between 412 and 660 million, not the lower numbers recently trumpeted in the media.
There’s no way gun ownership is down; in fact, women are the fastest growing group of gun owners across the country, which means gun ownership is growing. Sugarmann’s claim using a bogus survey is easily debunked, just like his claim about firearms used in self-defense.
Sugarmann’s pathetic attempt to prove others wrong has indeed proven him to be nothing but another gun control hack. And as always, these people have to lie in order to push their agenda. As always, these people not only fear-monger others but push a narrative that guns are bad. For some reason, these people will never admit that it’s human behavior that’s the problem and not the weapon chosen by criminals who commit acts of violence.
Once again, gun control isn’t about safety, it’s about control.