Michael Bloomberg’s Gun Violence Ad Is Wrong: The Data Is Off by 73%

by | Feb 3, 2020 | Headline News | 6 comments

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    Michael Bloomberg paid for and anti-gun ad during the Super Bowl, and while that isn’t all that surprising, what’s even less shocking is how bad he bungled the statistics. He was off by 73%, which amounts to a straight-up lie.

    Michael Bloomberg’s Super Bowl ad, which presents the Democratic presidential contender as a brave advocate of public safety who is not afraid to take on “the gun lobby,” claims “2,900 children die from gun violence every year” in the United States. This is far from the factual truth. That number includes young adults as well as minors, and it includes suicides as well as homicides.

    Bloomberg’s campaign cited Everytown for Gun Safety, a Bloomberg-backed group, as the source of the number used in the ad. “Annually,” the organization said in June 2019 fact sheet, “nearly 2,900 children and teens (ages 0 to 19) are shot and killed.” The ad changed “children and teens” (including young adults) to “children,” presumably because that makes the deaths more shocking, strengthening the emotional case for the gun control policies Bloomberg favors.

    According to to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FactCheck.org notes, the average number of firearm-related deaths involving Americans 17 or younger from 2013 through 2017 (the period used by Everytown for Gun Safety) was about 1,500, roughly half the number cited by Bloomberg. Furthermore, nearly two-fifths (40%, or 600) of those deaths were suicides, meaning the number of minors killed each year by “gun violence,” as that term is usually understood, is about 73 percent smaller than the figure cited in Bloomberg’s ad.-Reason

    The real number is about 900, not 2900, based on the statistics made available by the very same people who want to disarm everyone.

    The case highlighted by the TV ad does not actually fit into any of these categories, either. It is most accurately described as voluntary gang violence, although it was made to appear that the person shot was a random victim. The ad features Calandrian Kemp, whose 20-year-old son, George, was shot to death in 2013 at a park in Richmond, a Houston suburb, during a confrontation that a Texas appeals court described as “gang-related.” According to the court, “two groups of young men, most of them teenagers, had met that night for a fight.” Two of them, including an 18-year-old, Corey Coleman, fired the handgun rounds that struck Kemp. Coleman was convicted of murder and sentenced to 34 years in prison, according to Reason. 

    Bloomberg’s gun law plans would also have little to no effect on the gang-related activity that killed Kemp. Bloomberg wants to ban “assault weapons” (Kemp was shot with a handgun), raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21 (Coleman and other gang members are not buying their guns in places where ID is needed) and passing more “red flag laws” (gang members aren’t going to tattle on each other.)

    To read more about Bloomberg’s plans to eliminate private gun ownership stop “gun violence” click here. 


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      1. What can you expect from a gut that owns a financial news company that has never reported the truth about the mathematical unfeasibility of the Federal Reserve and Wall Street?!

        Bloomberg has become a multibillionaire for broadcasting blatant lies, half truths, propaganda, mathematical gas-lighting, and psy-ops.

        Bloomberg has been financially rewarded for pathological lying.

        Why would he stop now?!

      2. He didn’t get anything wrong.
        Misinformation is a lefty thing.
        Really it’s a government thing but the left constantly puts forth slanted polls and statistics as SOP.

        Real statistics don’t work for them, so they lie and mock us when we try to correct them.

      3. Firstly, I would say that I understand the dictionary meaning of infringe / infringement / shall not be infringed.

        In many cul-de-sac’s, fire-trails, and backwaters, there are people, no better or worse than the hillbillies from “Deliverance” or “Nothing But Trouble”– not particularly from conservative demographics, not from conservative belief systems, nor are they financially-conservative, who can never say what they are conserving, nor for whom — but, they’ll take up arms to conserve it.

        There is no particular strategy to be autonomous, so much as to secure a welfare state by force of arms, from whom they do not know.

      4. I did some research a few years ago about gun violence. When I contacted the CDC and asked for their definition of “children” they informed me age 25 and below!!! No wonder, go figure.

      5. Is anyone really surprised to find data has been misrepresented? All parties do it. Companies do it. Your family and friends do it. People are generally gullible and latch on to anything that conforms to their way of thinking. Add to that the memory span of a fruit fly’s life and it’s a wonder there is any constitutional republic at all.

      6. Using your position and power given to you by the people to then rob them of their life (ability to protect themselves), Liberty (jail for breaking those unconstitutional gun laws), or property (taking those guns away) is a grievous crime and those responsible must pay the ultimate price.
        The 2nd is a GOD given right and cannot be infringed by ANY damnable politician!!!!

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