Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety put together a video about the risks that guns supposedly pose for women. Two points about this video:
1) This ex-husband could have seriously wounded or killed the woman without any help from a gun.
2) The presence of a gun in this case would have made a much bigger difference in the woman’s ability to defend herself than it would for a man. …
Here are some of the headlines on Target’s statement on guns in their stores.
Christian Science Monitor: “Target goes gun-free, becoming biggest US retailer asking customers to disarm”
Financial Post: “Target Corp to customers: Your guns are not welcome in our stores, even where allowed by law”
USA Today: “Target says ‘No’ to guns inside store”
USA Today: “Target ‘respectfully requests’ shoppers don’t pack heat”
The Daily Kos: “Target Speaks: No Guns”
Huffington Post: “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores”
WSJ: “Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores“
Here is one headline that gets the idea correct.…
The Fox News piece starts this way:
Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified. Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer.
While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades.
Mark Glaze, the executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown For Gun Safety until earlier this month, told the Wall Street Journal that the policies that they propose enacting wouldn’t stop these attacks:
“Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solutions that we have to offer and the way some of these mass shootings happened, you know, it is a messaging problem for us, I think.
Updated school shooting data is available here.
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Using data from the National School Safety Center, Slate, Michael Bloomberg (as viewed on June 13, 2014), and CNN shows a significant drop in firearms deaths at schools over the last 20 years, though there is a difference when one breaks it down separately for K-12 and universities.…
The newest piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:
The shootings last week at Seattle Pacific University and on Tuesday at a high school near Portland, Ore., both occurred at places that banned guns — gun-free zones. The shooting last Wednesday in Canada also took place where citizens were not allowed to carry guns.
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Bloomberg’s cases involve shootings near a school and a large percentage are gang shootings after hours. While gang fights over drug turf are an important problem, they are a very different issue with different solutions than the mass public shootings where the goal is to kill as many people as possible. …
(Click on picture to make it larger, screen shot taken on June 4th, 2014 (original here).)
So how accurate is first set of “facts” about guns that Moms Demand Action points to? How about something that double or triple counts supposed deaths caused by concealed handgun permit holders? Many of these deaths clearly didn’t involve guns and many were self defense cases that should have been counted as benefits of concealed handguns, not costs.…
John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
The NRA’s strong statement reprimanding a few people for carrying long guns into restaurants was bound to get media attention. Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action and much of the media quickly jumped in and described various restaurants as “asking customers to leave their guns at home.” But their assertions couldn’t be more misleading.