SHOCK: For Once CNN Gets it Right About Guns – by Brian Thomas
CNN has finally gotten something right about guns.
CNN might call itself “the most trusted name in news,” but they’ve frequently had to backtrack on false stories. Being “trusted” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re telling the truth. It just means someone’s falling for it.
Finally, they’ve gotten one thing right.
CNN reported on Wednesday that gun sales do not spike because of mass shootings. They didn’t spike after the shooting in Las Vegas, for example, or after the shooting in Sutherland Springs.
While the media, including CNN, loves to paint the impression that mass shootings will always boost gun sales, it simply isn’t true.
It’s the leftist threats of restrictions on the second amendment that boost gun sales. Liberals often use mass shootings to justify gun legislation. Rather than claim gun ‘sales boost after politicians threaten gun rights,’ the mainstream media thinks ‘gun sales boost after massacre’ has a better ring to it.
That’s called a scare tactic, and it’s one of the media’s favorite selling points.
Two economic researchers pointed out that its politics, not tragedy, that causes spikes in gun sales.
Despite conventional wisdom, gun sales do not always spike after mass shootings. In fact, as two economic researchers, we observed no spike in sales following this year’s two mass shootings — Las Vegas, the worst in modern US history, and Sutherland Springs, Texas, the fifth worst.However, following the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, there was a significant spike in sales — 3 million additional guns sold from December 2012 to April 2013, according to our calculations based on FBI criminal background check data. And after the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015, there was also a spike — 1.7 million additional guns sold from December 2015 to February 2016.So why the discrepancy in sales? Based on our research, going back to 1998, dramatic spikes in sales occur when a mass shooting takes place in a political environment where it is plausible that federal restrictions on firearms sales may result.
When President Barack Obama’s administration prioritized reducing gun violence, there was a real fear of gun restrictions among gun owners. At other times, and certainly now under Donald Trump’s administration and with a Republican-controlled Congress, there simply isn’t the political will to put in place gun control measures.
The article shows background check statistics to prove that it isn’t mass shootings that spur boosts in sales. It’s the political rhetoric that is often used after a shooting.
Because the current administration isn’t as threatening to the Second Amendment as the Obama Administration was, gun sales in the U.S. have stopped spiking after mass shootings.
Bearing Arms reports:
There’s a reason that Barack Obama was referred to by many as the gun salesman of the year for eight years running. He really was. His mere presence in the White House pushed tens of thousands of buyers into gun stores where they might have been a bit more hesitant otherwise. There was a sense of urgency, an idea that you had to buy now because you couldn’t later.
Then, when a mass shooting took place, that urgency went into overdrive.
Gun owners aren’t monsters. None of us look at tragedies like Las Vegas and think of them as a proof of concept demonstration. We don’t look at it as marketing. After all, those events are completely irrelevant in that regard because none of us are going to use them in a similar way. It’s just that simple.
CNN, nevertheless, headlined the article “Why gun sales spike after (some) shootings,” downplaying what the article’s writers are actually saying.
WhenCNN’s so “trusted,” after all, it has to keep up appearances.