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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spinning Canadian Immigration Data Into Gun Control

A confusing Monday article at thestar.com, reporting on a “groundbreaking study” by two Toronto pediatricians, finds multiple ways to twist immigration data into an argument for gun control. 

The article at The Toronto Star’s website, alarmingly titled “A young person is shot every day in Ontario, Sick Kids study finds,” provides no link to the actual study. We finally found “Risk of firearm injuries among children and youth of immigrant families” at CMAJ.com, where we also found, “researchers examined data representing all children and youth up to 24 years of age”—a tactic that greatly inflates totals by including gang members. The study even admits, “Predictors of firearm injuries included older age (15–24 yr).”

Most misleading is the website’s reporting on the risk of intentional shootings among refugees, for whom “the risk of being a victim of intentional firearm assault is 43 percent higher,” especially in urban areas. Although the “data did not allow the researchers to dig deeper into why some subgroups face a higher risk of firearm assault,” the article muses that poverty, lack of resources, bullying and peer aggression—and perhaps higher participation in Canadian gangs—might be factors. 

The failure to even use the word “crime” and blurring the definition of “youth” amount to shoddy journalism. But, then again, turning a crime problem into a public health problem requires that.


NYT Doubles Down On Stupid After WaPo Reveals Suppressor Lies

The New York Times has doubled down on lies by anti-gun groups that suppressor legislation will make life easier for criminals while not helping hunters and sport shooters.

Just last Monday, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave Gabby Giffords’ gun-control group 3 Pinocchio’s for spouting the oft-repeated lie that “active shooters” can use silencers to avoid “being detected by trained law enforcement professionals.” Kessler wrote: “There is little that’s quiet about a firearm with a silencer unless one also thinks a jackhammer is quiet.”  

Yet just a few days later, in a mocking story titled “Echoes Of Gunfire Hurt Tender NRA Ears,” the Times made the same claim: “When it comes to public health, the noisier a gun is the better the chances for innocent bystanders to hit the ground and for police officers to apprehend the shooter.”

Such inaccurate statements make us wonder whether the Times should change its motto to “All The Fake News That’s Fit To Print.”


VA Governor Vetoes Bill To Protect Violence Victims

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed an important self-defense measure that was designed to protect those who are in fear and have applied for a protective order.

The measure, which overwhelmingly passed the House 68-30 and the Senate 28-12, would have allowed any person who is 21 or older; who is not prohibited from purchasing, possessing or transporting a firearm; and who is currently protected by an unexpired protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days after the protective order was issued. This would have provided time for the victim to apply for their concealed-carry permit. 

Yet according to the Associated Press, McAuliffe ignored the need for the law and said the bill “perpetuates the dangerous fiction” that domestic violence victims would be safer if they were armed. McAuliffe’s embrace of that false narrative has to be disheartening to those needing protection from violence in Virginia.


Chicago FOP Head To Meet With Trump Reps To Discuss Violent Crime

The head of Chicago’s police union is planning to meet this week with members of President Donald Trump’s administration. The topic at hand: the city’s deadly violence. 

Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo is hoping to have a chance to speak with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, if not Trump himself. President Trump has made several promises to step in as needed to help reduce Chicago’s crime. 

Angelo would like to see law enforcement officers get back to doing what they do best. “You need to allow police officers to be police officers,” the union leader told CBS Chicago. “If you lose your corner, you lose your block. If you lose your block, you lose your community.” 

If he were to ultimately have a chance to visit with Trump, Angela would welcome his assistance. “I would invite him on a ride-along and tell him that we need his help,” Angelo was cited as saying in the Chicago Tribune. “We can’t fix this by ourselves.”


Tennessee Homeowner Uses Handgun To Drive Away Armed Invaders

A Springfield, Tenn., man was sound asleep at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning when three armed men suddenly burst through the door. Fortunately for the homeowner, he keeps a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol at the ready.

Springfield police told WKRN-TV that the three men stormed the residence with guns drawn and began demanding money. The owner had time to pull out his gun and fire a single round, which sent all three suspects dashing for the door. While in retreat, one of the suspects returned fire at the homeowner, striking him in the hand. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Investigators describe the suspects as three black men between 18 and 20 years of age, all wearing bandannas. Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact the Springfield police department at (615) 384-8422.


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