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Thursday, July 2, 2015

A “Trace” Disgrace

On Tuesday, a headline on Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun “news” site, “The Trace,” declared that “Firearms Have Killed 82 of the 86 Victims of Post-9/11 Domestic Terrorism.” The story claims that since the Boston Marathon bombers only killed three people with bombs, firearms must be more deadly as weapons of terror.

But why only count domestic terror murder since 9/11, which was decidedly non-domestic? And why only count domestic terror?

The answer is because limiting the parameters to suit your agenda is a common tactic of agenda-driven “research.” By choosing the 9/11 attack as the arbitrary start date, the author avoided the Oklahoma City bombing, which killed twice as many Americans as in “The Trace” story’s total. And by only studying domestic terror, the story could ignore 9/11’s nearly 3,000 dead—none of whom died by gunshot.

By avoiding inconvenient truths, “The Trace” was able to post a sensational headline that will likely appear in other news outlets.