gun violence

From the “States united to prevent gun violence”:

8 kids dying per day (according to the video) means there are 2920 kids per year which die of “gun violence”.  I attempted to fact check this and came up with a June 2017 article in a pediatrics journal.  Academic journals are normally peer reviewed / fact checked for accuracy so I don’t see why this one would be any different.  Here is what it says:

RESULTS: Nearly 1300 children die and 5790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year.

The shooter playing with a gun was the most common circumstance surrounding unintentional firearm deaths of both younger and older children.

Sorry you shitheads who made the video… 1300 is NOT 2920, and “the shooting playing with a gun” can’t be considered “gun violence” by any stretch of the imagination.  Another anti-gun group (the Brady Campaign) comes up with the number of 4 kids being murdered every day, which is a lot closer to the 1300 per year stat anyways.

I don’t see how embellishing facts or redefining gun violence could possibly help their cause in the long term.

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But they gave them reality not fantasy:

usher-sipHmmmm got em?  This is one of the better anti-gun marketing ideas I’ve ever seen, because at least there was some effort put in.  I still don’t get how seemingly these people can separate criminals having guns and doing bad stuff with them, from people wanting them to PROTECT THEMSELVES from such criminals.  I’m sure some of those shootings could have been stopped or at least saved a few lives if there was a good guy with a gun.

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A TED talk by the managing director of “Sandy Hook Promise”, Nicole Hockley:

6:05 – “Lets just take a step back for a moment.  What is gun violence?  And how should we define it?  It is gun related death and suicide, unintentional, and law enforcement related shootings and all other non fatal acts of violence involving a firearm.”

6:45 – “Gun violence occurs on average 500,000 times per year” (by her definition above I’m assuming).  Nice work at inflating the usual 30k people statistic (~15k which are suicides).

Looking at the Sandy Hook Promise website, there’s nothing real blatantly “anti-gun” on it that I can see.  A lot of “see something say something” type stuff involving mental health and social media snitching (over anything gun related).  I don’t doubt that she wishes all guns were banned, but she’s obviously smart enough to know that outright saying that isn’t going to make a lot of friends (That pesky 2nd Amendment and all).  Being into firearms and having children who you responsibly share your hobby with in today’s day and age sounds exhausting.  They can’t talk about it apparently, or promote it without being at risk of being labeled a crazy person who’s going to shoot up the school.  I’m sure it’s different in the country than in the city, but still seems like this fear mongering is everywhere.

Women-Against-Gun-Violence-Finger-GunI still think it’s incredibly derpy that she included, unintentional shootings, and law enforcement related shootings in her definition of gun violence.  Like LOL WUT?  This is the first organization I’ve ever seen shit on the police.  Normally the rhetoric is that only the police should have guns because they are the highly trained pros and the most responsible people on the planet.  Including suicides in the definition is pretty standard, because it adds to the total.

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Steven Crowder breaks it down:

chris-crocker-leave-rifles-aloneIf you missed the original video make sure to check it out.  A lot of you guys called bullshit on various parts of the video in the comments, which was awesome.

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A website called VOX which I had never heard of, wrote an article and made a video:

Slim-Jesus-RapperYou can read the article here if you care.  As you guys know, I don’t like to talk about negativity surrounding guns on here, but I figured some of you would like to see the video and potentially pick it apart.

The comments are turned on (for now) if you click through to the YouTube page.  Some people are pretty charged up so they make a good read if you want to skim through.

Slim Jesus in the post pic in case you didn’t already know haha.

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OH WOW scary stuff :P.  An interview with filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer Katie Couric:

Born-To-FeelThe film is a look at guns and gun violence in the United States.  I can’t find a trailer for it anywhere, but it doesn’t really sound like anything that hasn’t been done dozens of times before.

If anyone ever actually came up with an idea that would work to stop gun violence without making stupid new laws (which criminals don’t follow) and/or infringing the rights of non-crimimals, then I’d be willing to listen.   I say it all the time… gun violence (although incredibly terrible) is not as big of a problem as it is made out to be.  There are far bigger fish to fry when it comes to people dying annually (see CDC causes of preventable death).  That said, none of the other ways are as sensational or bloody as gun violence, so they won’t look as gross on the front page of a news paper and won’t satisfy the blood lust people have which results in advertising dollars being made while every minute detail of every incident is reported.

I really wish this was the “Under the gun” they produced hahha:

So corny I love it.

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