Violence Policy Center Must Tell Lies to Support Their Anti-Gun Rhetoric
When deciding which side of a political issue is the correct one it’s always advisable to note whether one side is lying and the other side is telling the truth. The side of truth is the place to be. Long ago I decided the gun issue was a clear case of one side lying through its teeth to support its position and the other side being mostly truthful and when it was wrong it was more a matter of an honest mistake than an outright lie.
The gun control crowd has always relied on falsehoods to support their draconian gun control agenda. That’s still the way it is. The “Violence Policy Center”, i.e., the current name of Handgun Control, Inc., is claiming that since May 2007 at least 300 people — including 11 law enforcement officers — have been killed by private citizens legally allowed to carry handguns. Only problem is that they’re telling a bald faced lie, by counting as victims people justifiably shot in self defense, shooters who were carrying illegally, victims killed by other than legally carried handguns, etc.
There are probably some number of people out of the 10 Million or so who currently hold CCW permits in one of the 49 states that provide for some form of permit, who have actually committed crimes with their handguns since 2007. If the VPC is claiming that number to be 300, then we know for sure the number is inflated and the true number is less, probably much less. Even if we took their number of 300 as gospel and even if the number of CCW holders in the U.S. is only 5 Million (there are about 2 Million confirmed in Florida alone). 300 out of 5 Million is .06%. That’s right, Six One-Hundredths of One Percent. (One percent of 5,000,000 50,000; 1/10th of 1 percent of 5,000,000 is 5,000; 1/100th of 5,000,000 is 50; 300 is 6/100th of 1 percent).
Most statistics I’ve seen indicate that between 1% and 1.5% of the general population will commit a violent crime in a given year, and that’s not even looking at the 4-year period used by the VPC. CCW holders thus are shown to be the most law-abiding citizens in the country. I can’t prove it, but I’d bet a higher number of VPC members committed violent crimes during 2007-2011 than CCW permit holders.
Conclusion: The VPC can’t get to its alarming conclusion without telling big fat lies. Moreover, it’s conclusion, even if it were true, would not be that alarming.