[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary brought out the worst in people. While, of course, the senseless slaughter of so many children will go down as one of the darkest days in the history of our nation, the gruesome and vulturesque opportunism and political grandstanding that has occurred on the national stage since the shooting stands as a stain upon our nation’s political history.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]One of the chief crusaders against the Second Amendment in the months and years after Sandy Hook has been the political opportunist, Connecticut’s Democrat Senator Chris Murphy.
Before the gunsmoke had cleared in Newtown, the freshman Democrat was calling for new infringements upon our rights and asserting a misguided belief that more laws will keep us safer.
Sen. Murphy, however, has overplayed his hand and even the notoriously-liberal Washington Post has a hard time swallowing the whoppers Sen. Murphy has been attempting to sell.
“Since Sandy Hook there has been a school shooting, on average, every week. How on earth can we live with ourselves if we do nothing?”
— Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), speech on Senate floor, June 24, 2015
…Murphy’s speech on gun violence focused on Sandy Hook, mass shootings and the need to talk about anti-gun violence policy. He shared an eye-popping statistic: Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, there has been one school shooting on average per week. Is that really the case — that there have been somewhere around 128 school shootings since December 2014?
Of course, even a child with a basic level of common sense can see the ridiculousness of this claim. Murphy turned to outright propaganda as his “source” by relying upon the school shooting report created by the Moms Demand Action/Everytown astroturfers who are far less interested in facts than they are in pushing their radical, anti-Second Amendment agenda.
As such, the report has been thoroughly debunked and dismissed by countless journalists with an internet connection who simply took the time to fact-check.
The Washington Post fact-checker took Murphy to task for his deception, writing,
There are many ways to define school shooting. But applying the “reasonable person” standard, as is the standard at The Fact Checker, it is difficult to see how many of the incidents included in Everytown’s list — such as suicide in a car parked on a campus or a student accidentally shooting himself when emptying his gun and putting it away in his car before school — would be considered a “school shooting” in the context of Sandy Hook.
Lawmakers have a responsibility to check out the facts in the reports they use, especially ones that come from advocacy groups. If they are aware there are definitions that are disputed, or that are defined in other ways depending on who uses them, it is incumbent on lawmakers to clarify exactly what they are talking about and not mislead the public. In particular, lawmakers should rely more on official government statistics, such as from the FBI, rather than misleading metrics cobbled together by interest groups.
It is a sure sign of invalidity for one’s argument when the orator must stoop to such flagrant propaganda to prove his point.
Of course, we all want to help find solutions to gun violence. However, disarmament serves not only as an ineffective “solution,” but as a great risk to the law-abiding populace.
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