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Monday, March 21, 2016

Media Hold Their Noses To Parrot Absurd Claims Of Discredited Anti-Gun “Study”

A new “study” published March 10 in the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet—and promptly attacked even by anti-gun researchers—claimed that if the United States government required background checks for all firearm and ammunition purchases, and mandated ballistic microstamping, gun-related deaths in the U.S. could be reduced by up to 90 percent.

But since most “gun deaths” in the U.S. are suicides, even if “just one more law” (or in this case, “just three more laws”) reduced firearm homicides by 100 percent—in other words, if they reduced firearm homicides to zero per year in the United States, and even that is an incredibly naive and optimistic projection—they would still only reduce firearm-related deaths by about 36 percent, not 90 percent.

Nonetheless, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Reuters and others continue to unquestioningly parrot the absurd claims of this bogus “study.” Is it any wonder so few trust the media anymore?