You may remember our post about the lies the FBI told in regard to mass shootings. Let’s follow the trail and see how political the FBI reports really are, and see the “smoking gun” of gun control from Obama himself.
The initial report said that mass shootings were on a sharp rise from 2000 to 2013 with an average rise of 16%. There was an “increasing frequency of incidents” as stated by the authors.
Of course the White House ran with the report which was being reported by every major news station. The FBI released this report about six weeks before mid-term elections. The Obama machine was truly hoping that such statistics would drive all the Democrats to the polls to do their duty.
Just last week found Pete Blair and Hunter Martindale (who are co-authors) gave credence to the fact that their data was imperfect and that the news media “got it wrong when they reported mass shootings were on the rise”. Although they did not issue a misreport, the authors revealed it in a local academic paper.
“Because official data did not contain the information we needed, we had to develop our own,” wrote Messrs. Blair and Martaindale. “This required choices between various options with various strengths and weaknesses.”
Along with this findings was the fact that they missed 20 mass shooting cases. In one instance there was a case of nine people murdered. How do you miss that? The omissions magically create an upward trend over the selected time span since they were all at the beginning of the allotted time.
The FBI was repeatedly reached out to for explanation of the report when it initially came out. However, nothing was heard until this past week. The Journal called Obama’s gall, “the least transparent administration in history”. The White House does not care to refute the claim in any way.
We all felt the push for gun control after the Aurora, Colorado cinema shooting and the Newton, Connecticut school shooting. During the push from the White House for stricter laws, the Democrat controlled Senate was smart enough not to act on this push. The voters heard the cry from Obama in his 2014 State of the Union address “to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”
Instead of giving in to this scare-mongering tactic and turning in our weapons, the opposite happened. The Washington Times reported that the selling of weapons hit a new high in 2013: “More than 21 million applications were run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last year, marking nearly an 8% increase and the 11th straight year that the number has risen.”
Oh, and just for the record, according to the Justice Department, the violent-crime rate in 2013 fell by 4.4% from 2012 and was 14.5% below the 2004 level. Tell the real statistics to liberals, and keep ’em locked and loaded friends.
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