Charlie Rangel makes up Statistics in his Argument for an Assault Rifle Ban

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 23rd, 2013

Week in Review

The Left sure hates guns.  And gun owners.  Pretty much saying anything to advance their gun control agenda.  And when the facts don’t support their case they just make up their own facts (see Rangel: ‘Millions of kids’ being shot down by assault rifles by Jessica Chasmar posted 3/21/2013 on The Washington Times).

New York Rep. Charlie Rangel appeared on MSNBC this morning to opine about the assault weapons ban getting dropped from the Senate gun-control bill…

“We’re talking about millions of kids dying — being shot down by assault weapons,” he continued. “Were talking about handguns easier in the inner cities, to get these guns in the inner cities, than to get computers. This is not just a political issue, it’s a moral issue…”

The FBI’s 2011 data says only 323 people were killed by rifles, compared to 728 people who were killed by hands, fists, feet etc. Handguns are much more likely to be used in a homicide with 6,220 killed nationwide in 2011.

I told you a million times not to exaggerate.

When they are distorting the facts like this you can’t help but see the politics in the gun control debate.  For 323 is not 1 million with a decimal point error.  These numbers are far, far apart.  It’s as if the Congressman has no idea what the actual number is.  For knowing the actual number apparently is not important to him.  Just banning assault rifles that kill less than half of the people killed by people with no weapons.  Why?  Probably because it will be easier to ban handguns once they ban assault rifles.  Then it’s just a matter of time before they get around to banning hands, fists and feet.

According to the CDC there were approximately 15,529 AIDS deaths in 2010.  And 16,694 adults and adolescent men contracted AIDS in 2011 from male-to-male sexual contact.  Does Rep. Charlie Rangel want to ban male-to-male sexual contact?  For male-to-male sexual contact kills 48 times the number of people assault rifles kill.  If he wants to ban the one that kills less you would assume he would favor banning the one that kills more.  But he’s probably not for banning the more dangerous than assault rifle male-to-male sexual contact.  For political reasons.  Because the gay community generally supports Democrats.  While gun owners generally support Republicans.

So it’s not about saving lives.  It’s about attacking Republicans.  Just yet something else they can use to demonize them.  For Republicans don’t want to ban assault rifles because they hate kids.  Just as everything Republicans do is because they hate someone.  And if they say this enough the Democrats can keep winning elections.  For their failing economic policies sure aren’t helping them.


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According to the FBI Guns are not the Leading Cause of Death

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 19th, 2013

Week in Review

As the gun control debate heats up emotions take over the debate.  For if calmer heads prevailed they would see we don’t have a gun problem after all (see White House petition demands ban on hammers and baseball bats by Joe Newby posted 1/12/2013 on the Examiner).

Citing FBI statistics showing that more people are killed by blunt instruments like hammers and baseball bats than rifles and shotguns, a petition at the White House website demands a complete ban on them, Fox News reported Friday…

“In 2005,” the petition says, “the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. In 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.”

“It’s clearly time to take action on hammers and baseball bats,” the petition adds.

The petition, unfortunately, missed the mark on the number of murders committed with blunt objects like hammers and clubs. According to the FBI, there were 608 murders reported that year using blunt objects, not 605. All of the other numbers in the petition match FBI crime statistics.

As we reported earlier this month, “personal weapons” like hands and feet were used in 905 murders in 2005 and 726 murders in 2011.

According to FBI statistics, knives and other sharp instruments were used in more murders than rifles and shotguns combined.

It’s not guns, hammers, baseball bats, knives, hands or feet that kill people.  People kill people.  Which is the only common thread in all of these deaths.  So do we ban guns, hammers, baseball bats, knives, hands and feet?  Even if it saves only one life?  Or should we make going to church mandatory so people learn right from wrong?  And the value of human life?  Which would save quite a few lives.  For one it would end abortion.

There have been 55,772,015 abortions in America since Roe vs. Wade (1973).  This averages out to 1.4 million abortions a year.  So by forcing people to go to church we could save up to 1.4 million lives a year.  Far more than they can save by banning guns.  For if you ban guns but don’t change people they will just use a hammer, baseball bat, knife, their hands or feet.

When you look at the facts with a calmer head the gun control debate becomes silly.  For guns are not making people kill.  They are only a means to an end.  If people want to kill other people they will.  If guns aren’t available they will go to the next weapon choice on their list.  Someone who has a seething anger that makes them want to kill will not simply start whistling a happy tune if he can’t legally buy a gun.  Chances are that this person will still act on that anger.  And hurt someone.   For that’s the funny thing about lawbreakers.  They don’t obey the law.  Murder is murder.  Whether the weapon is a gun.  Or a hammer, baseball bat, knife, hands or feet.


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