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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Media Unquestioningly Repeat Connecticut Gun Crime Claim

Many media outlets covered the story last week, but the Washington Post’s report on a “study” supposedly showing that gun control reduced Connecticut firearm homicides by 40 percent was so filled with errors, misstatements and illogical non-sequiturs that analysis by independent investigators led them to call it “navel-gazing rubbish” and “not only Pants on Fire, but Underwear Up in Flames as well.”

For example, the Washington Post claimed that in 1994, “private citizens could freely sell guns secondhand, even to those with criminal records”—even though this has been a federal felony for almost 30 years.

We’ll leave it to you to judge the “study” for yourself, but it’s worth mentioning that the four “researchers” who concocted the study are all tied to the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University—which, with $1.1 billion of Michael Bloomberg’s money, could be considered a wholly owned subsidiary of Gun Bans, Inc.