Gun Control Facts or Fiction?
There is an article out about how many shooting massacres have occurred in America.
The report says:
‘So many people die annually from gunfire in the US that the death toll between 1968 and 2011 eclipses all wars ever fought by the country. According to research by Politifact, there were about 1.4 million firearm deaths in that period, compared with 1.2 million US deaths in every conflict from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.’
Very interesting stuff right there. Just a couple of things though.
- How have these media moguls defined the word ‘War’?
- How many wars have America actually been involved in since 1968?
- How many Americans were killed during those wars?
- How many people were killed in total, purely because the article doesn’t say just Americans?
- More importantly, do these ‘firearm related deaths’ including death by cop?
- Do these ‘firearm related deaths’ include the false flags or are they ‘genuine’?
So it is very clear what your most humble team need to research here.
Full Definition of WAR
A state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations
A period of such armed conflict
The art or science of warfare
Weapons and equipment for war
Soldiers armed and equipped for war
A state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism
A struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end
A class war
A war against disease
Well that narrows it down. The report says ‘since 1968’. Does ‘all wars’ also include wars such as ‘The War on Christmas’, ‘The War on Women’, ‘The War on Ebola’, do you think? Surely it must because the definition of war includes a class war and a war against disease and as we know, some of the firearm related deaths are linked. I wonder how those figures would look if the gun related deaths, the firearm related massacres were actually counted from the period of the Revolutionary War, or do they believe that nobody shot anybody else ‘in those days’. Nobody was killed for panhandling. No cowboy ever killed another because of cheating at cards. Definitely nobody was killed for spying. No American person of color was ever killed or massacred. Nope, never. Okay, so 1968 it is then.
Since The Revolutionary War, America have been involved in 23 wars. 23! wow, that equates to a war just about every 10 years, over the last 240 years. Actually that is not strictly true because the ‘Indian Wars’ have been counted as one (probably because it was the same race of people each time) but if you include the individual ‘American Indian’ wars (which is 10), then the figure is 33, one every 7 years.
American Revolution (1775–1783): 6,824 killed.
War of 1812 (1812–1815): 2,200 killed.
Mexican War (1846–1848) : 1,733 killed.
Civil War (1861–1865): 750,000 killed.
Indian Wars (colonial era to 1890): 24,750,000 killed. (Note: These are Native Indians, but they are also Americans, so we stand by this).
Spanish American War (1898): 2,910 killed.
World War I (1914–1918): 116,516 killed.
World War II (1939–1945): 405,399 killed.
Korean War (1950–1953): 36,516 killed.
Bay of Pigs (1961): 4 killed.
Vietnam War (1961–1973): 58,209 killed.
Dominican Republic (1965): 47 killed.
Lebanon (1982–1984): 6 killed.
Grenada (1983): 19 killed.
Panama (1989): 40 killed.
Gulf War (1991): 294 killed.
Somalia (1993): 43 killed.
Bosnia (1994–1995): 12 killed.
Kosovo (1999): 18 killed.
Afghanistan (2001–2014): 2,229 killed.
Iraq War (2003–2010): 4,488 killed.
War Against the Islamic State (ISIS) (2014—): 19 killed (as at September 14, 2014)
All the above figure are just those who have been killed in action, killed in battle. We chose to use only these figures because the figures given by the BBC are clearly misguided. We wanted to remain conservative because we feel we do not need any hype to convey our message.
The total of Americans killed in ‘all wars ever fought by the country’ is 26,137,526
and ‘between 1968 and 2011′ is approximately 26,113,272.
Taking away the deaths that resulted from the Indian wars (because we know some of you still believe those natives were not American) and the count is:
All war (except that one): 1,387,526
Between 1968 and 2011: 1,363,272
Ah! that must be it. Politifact have not included The Indian Wars. I wonder why? Because it wouldn’t support their claims?
The amount of gun related crimes from 1993-2011 (according to the Department of Justice and who is going to argue with them?) is 478,400.
So, of course, now I want to look at all the links included in the BBC report, just to see how things balance out. You can click any link on anyone of Political Beasts’ articles and you will see, we have stayed true to that link. Can the BBC say the same, when they have referenced a 3 year old article as relevant?
Mass Shooting Tracker: The attack in San Bernardino was the 353rd mass shooting this year. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting, which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.
So, conveniently, I guess this answers the question about whether the figures include cop related shootings. We have scoured Mass Shooting Tracker’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account, yet we can not find this quote anywhere. Indeed, the earliest posts and tweets we can find just happen to be December 3, 2015. The very same day the BBC published their unbiased, absolutely all completely true, checked, corroborated and confirmed factual article. Interesting.
Everytown Research: Since 2013, there have been at least 161 school shootings in America — an average of nearly one a week. Consistent with expert advice and common sense, Everytown uses a straightforward, fair, and comprehensive definition for a school shooting: anytime a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement.
This is not a ‘mass shooting’ referencing site. This is a site that documents ‘anytime a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds’. So we can throw that out.
Gun Violence Archive: Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.
The BBC state that ‘the death toll between 1968 and 2011’, but as you can see the Gun Violence Archive was formed 2 years after the fact and relates to ‘gun-related violence’, not mass shootings. Also, on the front page of Mass Shooting Tracker, it clearly states: This collaborative effort will be presented under Gun Violence Archive management and branding. Any questions can be addressed to email@example.com. Gun Violence Archive would like to acknowledge the awesome work that Brock Weller at ShootingTracker.com has done and congratulate him on achieving his goals of raising awareness of gun violence.’
Meaning that the BBC have used the same useless quotes and figures twice. So far the first three references used by the BBC are complete rubbish.
UNODC Statistics: UNODC publishes survey reports in collaboration with national governments in the field of illicit drug cultivation and production, drug use, victimization and corruption. It also publishes comparative regional and international analysis of data related to drugs, crime and criminal justice, together with standards and recommendations in the field of drug, crime and criminal justice statistics.
This site does not state how many gun related massacres there have been. It does give a percentage of ‘unlawful death inflicted upon a person with the intent to cause death or serious injury.’
So again, this is not a useful statistic. It is very general and you would have to add up all the percentages as it is broken down into regions and you would have to pick through each line as it also includes international regions. No actual figures are given.
Again, these figures disprove the point of the subject. It does not relate to mass shootings specifically, and it shows that gun related crime is actually going down not on the rise.
Council on Foreign Affairs:
Nevertheless, to test her logic, here is a compilation of the number of citizens who died from terrorism under the Bush and Obama administrations, according to the latest data from the State Department. Judge for yourself. BUSH: 301 (excluding 9/11), OBAMA: 45 (including the Benghazi attacks):
Again note how this does not specifically say mass shooting in America and also includes figures that are excluded from the original report (such as Benghazi, which included Americans that were killed in Benghazi not in America). The total deaths here is 3,369.
Also, this is a blog, not an official website. Your most humble reporter is quite sad that the BBC have not used the figures provided below on this very site.
Do you remember the article I wrote about the amounts of deaths in Iraq since 9/11?:
America – The Last True Virgin of the World
Inside the San Bernardino shooters’ apartment
‘NBC News was allowed inside the attackers’ apartment in Redlands, California today with the permission of the landlord and law enforcement officials. NBC News Correspondent Kerry Sanders got a chance to see the upstairs bedrooms, one of which included a crib, computer monitor, a wall calendar, and a bin of shredded papers.’
- The FBI would have to put together the shredded paper in the waste basket, in order to determine if it was relevant to the crime. What an unusual thing to leave in behind in a ‘terrorists’ apartment.
- The FBI ‘left’ credit cards and I.D’s just right there, on the bed. The FBI sound like they are shit at their job.
- How did NBC not only find out where the ‘terrorists’ lived (the exact location) but gain unsupervised access?
San Bernardino police defend themselves after terrorists’ landlord allows media unfettered access inside their apartment – but MSNBC apologizes for airing it live
- The media was allowed unsupervised access into the home of Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik on Friday
- During their live broadcast, MSNBC showed identification cards that should not have been made public
- ‘We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review,’ said MSNBC
- The San Bernardino police said it was still an active crime scene Friday morning, but the FBI later said that was not the case
- ‘If the police are watching this, they better be on their way down there to stop this from happening,’ said law enforcement specialist Harry Houck
- He also noted that it appeared the apartment had at no point been dusted for fingerprints based on what he was seeing
- These ‘terrorists’ were married right, so why don’t they have the same last name?
- Why do the ‘terrorists’ have like a million photos in their bathroom, but none in the bedroom? There is a computer, printer, shredder and even a calendar in the bedroom, yet not one picture. Note there are also no mobiles, no brightly colored ‘things’ that any other new parent would put in the babies room. Nothing. Even the room itself is boring beige. Not much for a 6 month old to look at, is there?
- Why are all the babies ‘things’ still in the suitcase? The baby was 6 months old and the ‘wife’ had arrived in America 18 months prior to the shooting?
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