The Violence Policy Center (VPC), an anti-gun think tank, released a report Friday that claims states with permissive gun laws and widespread gun ownership have more firearm related deaths than states with restrictive gun laws and lower rates of gun ownership.
The VPC came to this conclusion after analyzing (err manipulating) 2013 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
To see where your state landed on the list, check out this link: http://www.vpc.org/fadeathchart15.htm.
“Reducing exposure to firearms and having stronger gun laws saves lives,” VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand said in the press release. “Each year, the data consistently show that states with strong gun violence prevention laws and low rates of gun ownership have the lowest gun death rates in the nation. The highest gun death rates are in states with weak gun violence prevention laws and easy access to guns.”
“This report should be a wake-up call to state legislators,” added Cathie Whittenburg, communications director of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. “There is no higher priority for elected officials than enacting laws that keep families safe from death and injury.”
Yeah, so this is exactly what you think it is. A bunch of B.S.!
The VPC creates these overgeneralized reports about gun deaths to justify its mission of disarming America, plain and simple. I’m not going to dig into the report all that much because, well, because I’m sure John Lott Jr.’s team at the Crime Prevention Research Center is drafting a rebuttal right now, which saves me a ton of time and energy.
I will, however, say that a report that fails to account for the number of Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs), instances where good guys use guns to prevent the commission of a crime, or differentiate between the various gun deaths related to suicide, justifiable homicide or drug, gang-related crime is flawed. It paints an incomplete picture and gives the public the wrong idea about gun control and gun ownership. It reinforces the notion that a defenseless society is a safe society. But again, that’s purpose of this report. To mislead the masses.
Another genius claim from the VPC: