Sit down. Have your heart meds standing by. The FBI’s widely disseminated pre-election mass shooting report contained “imperfect” and “developed” data. We pause briefly to allow you to recover.
Two lessons here, we’d suggest. Next time someone on the other side of the Second Amendment debate asks why we shouldn’t send money for “gun violence” studies to universities or the CDC, here’s a great—or terrible—example of precisely why: When the facts don’t fit the ban-‘em-all narrative, they make stuff up. Over and over and over again (as the references illustrate).
Second, when forced to admit errors, the enemies of liberty do it almost exclusively on the down low. The Obama administration saw fit to trumpet this “imperfect” report juuuuuuust before the 2014 elections. Big news! Those bad guns, and worse gun owners! The “retraction,” (and here) such at it is, appeared in ACJS Today. In what, you ask? Our point exactly.