Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Can The NRA Sink Any Lower?

This is a little old. It is dated January 31, 2015. It is simply unbelievable.

Just Making Stuff Up, at Americans for Responsible Solutions:
The gun control supporters at Americans for Responsible Solutions ought to rename their group Anti-Gunners for Irresponsible Statistics after the bogus claim they made this week about the number of firearm and car accident deaths among young people each year. The group claimed that there are more than 30,000 firearm-related deaths, plus more than 30,000 car accident deaths among young people each year.

One of the group’s leaders is a former astronaut, so maybe he got those numbers during some of his extraterrestrial travels, but, as the saying goes, “not on this planet.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ WISQARS data query website, in 2013, the most recent year for which data are reported, there were 3,487 motor vehicle traffic accident deaths and 124 firearm accident deaths among persons ages 0-19. That means motor vehicle accidents account for 28 times as many deaths as firearm accidents among people of that age group.

Of course, when gun control supporters compare cars to guns, they try to make guns look as bad as possible, by comparing the number of motor vehicle accident deaths to the grand total number of deaths due to a combination of firearm accidents, suicides, murders, self-defense homicides by private citizens, and homicides by law enforcement officers.

But even with their vacuous, apples-oranges comparison, the anti-gunners are out of orbit.
When I use the WISQARS site I come up with 2,465 firearm deaths for ages 0-19, not 124. If the Americans for Responsible Solutions is just making stuff up, then so is Bloomberg News. The Bloomberg News article is from Decemeber 19, 2012 and some of the numbers used are projections, yet the writer from the NRA claims that Americans for Responsible Solutions is making a "vacuous, apples-oranges comparison". The numbers in the Bloomberg News article match the numbers used by the Americans for Responsible Solutions. How does this translate into "just making stuff up"?

Why all the snark about young dead people? Since when are guns more important than people?

Why all the snark about Mark Kelly? Americans for Responsible Solutions is the organization founded by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly after Giffords was shot and almost killed.

The Bloomberg article says "Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend."

Just who is making stuff up?

Meanwhile, people continue to die from shootings and automobile accidents, and the NRA simply doesn't care. How can they possibly be so cold-hearted?

Is there an echo echo in here?

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