No selfawareness what so ever. Via.
Here is an email I just got from Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Debunking myths is a hobby of mine, so I had to share:
I want to bring to your attention to an updated analysis we're releasing that shows there have been nearly two mass shootings per month in the United States between January 2009 and September 2013. The survey can be found here.
Using FBI data and media reports, our report describes the more than 90 mass shootings that have occurred in this nearly five-year period. The FBI defines a "mass shooting" as any incident where at least four people were murdered with a gun. The survey's findings reveal a different portrait of mass shootings in America than conventional wisdom and previous media coverage might suggest:
Oh, and there's this from Think Progress: NRA Tried To Stifle Study Showing Gun Retailers Support Background Checks.
My old pal @KagroX (David Waldman) wrote up a stomach-turning post at Daily Kos. Here's an excerpt:
Twelve [kids] were accidentally shot this week, including four three-year-olds, three five-year-olds, and kids aged eight, 10, 11, 14 and 16. In addition, one college student was accidentally shot by another (who was, of course, just trying to make his gun "safe" at the time), and another found herself the uninjured victim of a home invasion shooting (of which there were a total of six). Ten guns were found in schools this week as well, in Kansas City, MO; Clarksburg, WV; Shreveport, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Knoxville, TN; Mobile, AL; Nashville, NC; Paramus, NJ; Providence, RI, and; Hawthorne, FL. That's a rough week.
Read that again: At elementary, middle and high schools, ten guns were found. This was during the same week, by the way, that yet another gun massacre took place at the Washington D.C. Navy yard. And let's not forget this WTF Moment: Republican staffer reportedly left loaded gun in Missouri state Capitol public restroom. Welcome to GunFAIL XXXVI.
You may recall that the brilliant KagroX has also been documenting shooting after shooting and was the one who brought us the following Twitter hashtags:
Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re "Gun laws for mentally ill not so easy," Sept. 22
The instant background check on Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis is no replacement for an in-depth universal background check. If the media were able so quickly to uncover information about Alexis' troubled history, an in-depth background check would have also.
Gun advocates use the fact that the shooter purchased his gun legally with a background check to show that additional laws would be ineffective. In fact, the instant, inadequate background check that Alexis passed is a result of the gun lobby's efforts to limit gun restrictions.
William J. Chartier
Guns make us safe. I feel safe here in America. I feel sorry for the Europeans, who live on a continent overrun by hordes of unarmed people.
The proper use of guns keeps the death rate from disease down. Guns should be part of every nation's health plan.
Guns are good.
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