Gun Control

Fake News media caught misleading again about guns and kids. Here are the facts.


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“KIDS AND GUNS: SHOOTINGS NOW THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR U.S. CHILDREN,” Newsweek screamed in a bold, all-caps headline.

“Children are dying because of America’s lax gun policies,” shrieked The Washington Post.

The stories refer to a recent article in a medical journal claiming 1,297 “children” die each year from gunshot wounds.

Any premature death is tragic, but as with nearly every gun story in the mainstream media, they are intentionally misleading readers in the hopes of provoking terror.

So what’s the real story?

While virtually every mainstream media story on the study is accompanied by a photo of a toddler, in reality, 92.3 percent of the “children” cited in the article are teenagers.  Most of those are older teens.

Only 7.7 percent of those firearms deaths are among those 12 years old or younger.

They are intentionally misleading readers in the hopes of provoking terror.

But the real story is how those gunshot deaths occurred.

While the mainstream media phrase their stories to make it appear all these deaths are the result of preventable accidents, reality once again debunks liberalism.

According to the study, 91 percent of those 1,297 deaths are suicides, or homicides.   Crime statistics consistently show that among those homicides, most are older teen gang members shooting each other.

Most of those firearms homicides are in cities that ban guns.

Of the remaining nine percent, a third are of unknown cause or due to “legal intervention,” which means a police officer or civilian shooting someone to defend their life.

That leaves accidental deaths by firearms — the cause the media try to make appear responsible for all 1,297 deaths.

In reality, only about 78 of those 1,297 were due to firearms accidents.

While still tragic, that’s only 0.6 percent of all firearms deaths for those under age 18.

A look at 2015 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control reveal that among the causes of accidental death for people under age 18, firearms rank only tenth.

Deaths from land transport, excluding bicycles and cars, accidentally kill twice as many young people as firearms.

Are the mainstream media running hysterical headlines about ATVs and horses?

No.  But then again, they’ve never been honest.

Any death of a young person is tragic, and 78 deaths from firearms accidents is 78 too many.

But it’s flat-out dishonest and unethical for the media to run headlines and stories making it appear a lack of anti-gun laws is killing 1,300 children.

That’s a lie, and the media should be ashamed of themselves for their amoral, dishonest politicking.

  • steven

    What is new the lame stream media will do anything it can to pervert and twist the truth, all the while they live in their ivory towers and hobnob with the latte and limousine liberals.

  • disqus_rEWjgfyzIp

    Take away the firearms and we will be right where the left wants us, dependent on the democrats or so they think. They need to find some thing else to beat like a dead horse instead of the 2nd amendment.

  • Lorraine E

    The script for the corporate media in our country is written by the u.n. which is the front group for the satanic one world government. Their agenda is to disarm Americans using an endless series out out right LIES in order to brain wash people who receive their so called “news” from all of the major TV and radio stations. The fact that Americans are allowed to own guns is the major reason that our country cannot be merged into the new world order. Therefore disarming Americans is one of the highest goals of the one world government shadow masters because unarmed Americans would not be able to protect themselves from being enslaved.

  • Kevin

    When the author says the liberal media should be ashamed of themselves, that sort of implies an assumption that the media is, or is presupposed to be “honest” – as if they have integrity in the first place. That is a bad assumption. Should anyone be surprised at the fact that Joseph Goebbels never wrote or said anything that criticized “der Fuhrer?” They were on the same team! Its called agenda-driven propaganda. We have to understand that we are AT WAR with the Left, and defeat the enemy!

  • Reruho

    It isn’t a lack of gun laws killing children. It is the people with guns in their hands. The majority of these people probably did not jump through the same hoops that law-abiding gun owner do to buy a gun.
    And remember the majority of these deaths are in cities with the stricted gun laws.
    The mainstream media twists the facts to fit the narrative.
    I read a comment ( not mine), about the use of trucks and vans being used to kill people. The writer ask do we band trucks and vans because they were used to kill innocent bystanders?

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