Monday, April 16, 2007

How Long?

With a shooting today at Virginia Tech, I wonder how long it will be before the Brady Campaign manipulates this tragedy for the benefit of their political agenda. My guess is it will depend on how much coverage there is in the national media, but probably not longer than three days.

It would be interesting to know if Virginia Tech is a gun-free zone. If it is, the Brady Campaign will surely fail to point that out.

UPDATE:
Less than 6 hours after the first shot was fired the Brady Campaign has issued a statement blamming the availability of guns for today's tragic events, how utterly tastelss:

"Details are still forthcoming about what motivated the shooter in this case to act, and how he was able to arm himself. It is well known, however, how easy it is for an individual to get powerful weapons in our country....we've done nothing as a country to end gun violence in our schools and communities. If anything, we've made it easier to access powerful weapons.

We have now seen another horrible tragedy that will never be forgotten. It is long overdue for us to take some common-sense actions to prevent tragedies like this from continuing to occur."

There is a lot I would like to say, but I think we can all agree that now is not the time. Please pray for the victims and their families.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

A Lesson In Deception

In its fact sheet on children and guns, the Brady Campaign reports that one "young person" is killed with a gun every three hours; this is based on 2,893 deaths in 2002. [FN1]. Even though these statistics are in a "fact sheet" purporting to address children, 66% of these deaths were 17, 18, and 19 year olds. [FN2]. The Brady Campaign inflates their numbers by including these incidents, many of which are related to gang violence, and also include police intervention and self-defense shootings.

In 2002, 419 children under 14 were killed with guns; thats 1.1 per day. Only 60 were accidents; thats about 1 every 6 days. For comparison 113 died from falls, 156 were poisoned, 583 burned to death, 1,214 suffocated, and 2,352 were killed in car accidents. [FN3].





1 Brady Campaign, Children & Guns: A Lethal Combination. http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/factsheets/pdf/children.pdf

2 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_sy.html

3 Center for Disease Control and Prevention. http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_sy.html