I was reading some posts on Facebook and listening to the talking heads after Obama’s town hall meeting the other night on gun control. Then I received an email from one of our blog readers that got me thinking about what is real and what is a lie or skewed for political purposes. I guess it’s easier to ask, “What is not skewed for political purposes?”
I obviously have my own opinions and bias but here are the facts. Gun control advocates claim that 30,000 deaths were caused by the use of guns in 2015. First, a gun can’t kill anyone. Only a human can kill another human using a gun. Just the same as with a car, knife, hammer, or any other disgusting way it can happen. It could even be with the pillow you sleep on tonight.
So to demonstrate the first example of facts being skewed for political purposes, 20,000 out of the 30,000 deaths were suicides. How would “gun control” change that? The answer is that it won’t, so then tell the truth “gun control advocates.”
Fact checker: Multiple sites agreed with 30,000 deaths by gun. Wikipedia and the CDC confirm 20,000 being suicide.
Even mixed with our own personal bias, knowing the full truth allows us to make a more informed decision. Below is the email forwarded to me from one of our newsletter/blog readers. I had my crack team of fact checkers check the facts on this before sending this out. I put those fact checks below so you could see how they match up.
A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin…Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!
Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the 8th largest army in the world.
Fact check: The number of Wisconsin hunters seems to check out, along with the claim that it is now the 8th largest army in the world. No one died this year by hunting (they usually have 2 or 3 deaths in Wisconsin, which is remarkably low anyway).
That’s more men under arms than in Iran and more than in France and Germany combined.
These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.
That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have returned home safely.
Fact checker: There’s almost a million (not 750,000) deer hunters in Pennsylvania, according to the state’s own site.
Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world. And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It’s millions more.
________ The point? ________
America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower!
Hunting… it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s also a matter of national security.
That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed. Food for thought, when we next consider gun control. Overall it’s true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don’t possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain, “What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens?”
For the sake of our freedom, don’t ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.
Fact checker: Including hunters and non-hunters, there are probably at least 20-30 million people with guns in America, while the number of guns is at least 300 to 350 million.
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