New York’s former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, backed with fifty million dollars of his own money and a reported two hundred million from from his billionaire friends, has hired a staff of propagandists to sell his gun ban program as “gun safety.”
In the abstract, Bloomberg’s push to use “gun safety” as an excuse to ban guns is hilarious. The National Safety Council’s annual report for 1968 estimated the number of firearms fatalities at 6,800, in a population of 199,400,000 for a rate of 3.4 fatal firearms accidents per 100,000 Americans.
For 2014 the efforts of the NRA CDC estimates – well, here is the chart from the CDC’s WISQARS website:
That is correct. 583 accidental gun deaths in 2014, a rate of only 0.183 accidental gun deaths per 100,000 population. The shooting community and our hobby groups did that, on our own time, and with our own money. While all Bloomberg, the New York Times, and the rest of that lot did nothing but get in the way.
That is a 94 percent reduction in the fatal firearms accident rate. And the shooting community did it all, while the New York Times claims we did nothing but impede their killer program.
And then there is the small matter of more than 800,000 excess murders since the New York Times decided to back gun control in 1963. Excess deaths that resulted from gun controls that Pravda West supported in every way possible. From the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for the years between 1950 and 2014, here are the homicide rates:
Obviously, we have only lately gotten the homicide rate back to where it was in the early 1960’s. It has taken tens of thousands of hours of hard work relaxing gun laws to get our nation’s homicide and murder rates back to where they were, and Pravda West would wipe those gains out in a heartbeat if they could; regardless of the cost in lives.
Remember, The United States population grew by 129 million between 1960 and 2014, making the actual effects of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the other gun control laws the New York Times supported appear less than they actually were. But 800,000 excess homicide victims since 1963 should weigh as heavily as a tombstone on Pravda West’s owners, editors, and supposed reporters.
People whose general attitude seems to be “Don’t bore me with facts, our policies are not set here.” An attitude that is commendable in slaves, whose masters word is law, but unacceptable for reportage among a free people.
Since the New York Times hates guns and loves loves totalitarinism so much, they should emigrate to a country more to their liking.
Gun free venezuela would fit their wants.