The media are getting a lesson on the dangers of anticipating the facts when it comes to their services. This time, they blamed gun buyers for the rise in crime.
It turns out that the law-abiding citizens who buy weapons are not the ones who commit crimes. They are buying guns Why of the increase in crime. The media are wrong – again – and are quietly retiring their anti-gun narrative, at least for the moment.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes thought he had all the answers, or at least enough to mislead his shrinking audience. It predetermined that 21 million background checks last year – and over 8.4 million first-time gun buyers – are the problem in America. Those would be the guns that were bought, sold, and owned by those individuals who followed the law, underwent a background check, and legally obtained them from licensed firearms dealers.
“America is a violent place,” Hayes told his viewers. “America has a lot of weapons. And last year, the Americans had a lot more guns and became more violent. Is it absurd to see a relationship between these two simple and crude facts? “
Facts be damned
Yes, Chris. It’s crazy. Sometimes it is a question of which came first, the chicken or the egg. Sometimes it’s just egg in the face. To support his anti-weapon narrative, Hayes took two entirely different data points that suggest a causal relationship between them. He confused correlation with causation. It is more than insane, it is irresponsible and an abdication of true journalistic principles. Don’t worry though. Nobody takes MSNBC seriously as a “journalistic” enterprise.
Stephen Gutowski of Reload took Hayes’ antigun pontifications to the task. It was not a difficult task, nor did it have high obstacles. Gutowski relied on a proven method. He looked at the facts.
Gutowski pointed out that the data Hayes was attempting to use to upgrade his anti-weapon bank actually discredited his arguments. The graphs he used to show the spike in gun sales were actually background check tables. These would be the same FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that verified that the individual purchasing a firearm is a law-abiding citizen who has not been prohibited from owning a firearm.
“This should give you an idea of the people who buy all those weapons: that is, they can pass a background check,” Gutowski tweeted. “It is quite unlikely that a significant number of people able to pass an FBI background check to buy a gun will immediately turn around and kill someone.” Well, unlikely for everyone except David Chipman who … thinks gun owners are all future criminals waiting.
Gutowski went on to explain it in more detail on his own website. Fox News covered the backblast against Hayes by Gutowski. Bearing Arms’ Cam Edwards too removed the blind accusations as “simplistic to the point of futility”.
Edwards pointed out that the spike in arms sales began in March 2020 and in April, dear Chipman, who was appointed to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), mocked the owners of weapons as preparers of the zombie apocalypse. . Edwards added that the Chicago Sun Times reported Violent crime was spiraling out of control in May 2020, two months after Americans started buying firearms in record numbers.
UC Davis also disagrees
It turns out that when the facts are examined objectively, the exact opposite of what Hayes claims turns out to be true. Axios reported that a University of California-Davis violence prevention research program examined the facts. These college programs are normally incubators for antigun groupthink, so when they reach an opposite conclusion, it’s worth noting.
Their study showed that there were 4.3 million above-normal firearms purchases from March to July 2020. At the same time, there was also a 27% increase in gunshot injuries.
“The researchers did not find a clear association between more arms purchases and increased gun violence … during the first two months of the pandemic, when the blockades were most severe,” Axios reported. The report said it could be because those guns were sold to existing gun owners.
NSSF surveys prove the purchase of weapons since the cause of the crime is not the case Over 8.4 million times this has not been the case. Those same polls asked dealers not only who was buying guns, but why. Customers told firearms dealers it was due to personal safety concerns.
This occurred in the most popular types of firearms. Typically, guns comprise over half of the guns sold in a typical year. This was true in 2020, but with 21 million background checks, indicating to the industry that there have been tens of millions of background checks for handgun sales. Those aren’t pistols typically used for hunting. These would be a bad choice for ducks or deer, but an excellent choice for self defense.
It is not rocket science. It doesn’t take a university research center to mull over the data. It really is that simple. People buy weapons to protect themselves.
It’s the crime, stupid.
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