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June 11, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action is trolling the Oregon shooting with a bloody graphic. The graphic claims that since the Newtown massacre, there have been 74 school shootings — about one a week.

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That number is based on this map, which is suppose to show all those incidents since Newtown.

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The map is based on data provided by the anti-gun group. It has been pushed through the mainstream media without any fact-checking whatsoever.

Charles C. Johnson fact-checked the 74 claim. You probably won’t be shocked to learn that nearly half the incidents reported don’t belong in a dataset of “school shootings.” Many of the incidents are suicides, after-hours violence, gang violence, etc. Not “school shootings” as we commonly understand that phrase.

That still leaves 41 since Newtown. Which is a terrible number. Shocking, actually.

But the gun grabbers just had to have their “one shooting a week since Newtown” talking point. And they were willing to lie to get it.

President Obama himself amplified the talking point yesterday, when he also admitted that if he had his way he would take up your guns.

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but it’s not obvious to them so I’ll say it. Until the leftists stop lying about so many issues, they don’t deserve to be trusted at all. They don’t deserve to be listened to or taken seriously. There’s nothing to talk about. In fact, no true discussion can even be had.

The fact is, despite the shootings that get so much media attention, violent crime is down and violent crime involving guns is down. Not every shooting involves handguns or so-called assault weapons, the weapons leftists tend to target. We can keep crime down not by disarming law-abiding citizens, but by continuing to be vigilant against violent crime by punishing it harshly. Keep criminals off the streets and in prison.

But that’s not sexy and doesn’t give Bloomberg and his special interest groups anything to take away from law-abiding Americans. It doesn’t keep to the left’s narrative that blames the system or privilege for the acts of criminals. So it doesn’t interest them. Lying is just so much more fun.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I don't think the focus on semiautomatic rifles is based on ignorance or even low hanging fruit. The gun grabbers know that very few shootings involve rifles at all. This is part of their incrementalist strategy to disarm the public. Ban semiautomatics and after the next shooting that wasn't enough. So lets ban standard capacity magazines and after the next shooting that will seen to be not enough. Then they will ban semiautomatic pistols but there still be mass shootings so revolvers will have to be banned. After the next incident then those sniper rifles will have to go. They are starting with actions that they know will zero effect so they can move on to ever more tighter restrictions.

And when America is disarmed and the criminal class controls the streets for the Fascist [Democratic] Party they will be very satisfied.
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Not clear to me how anyone can trust anything any member of this administration says. Brain teaser trying to come up with someone in this administration who has not been caught publicly lying to the people. Coming up empty so far. The administration is full of lying liars who lie.
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"We can keep crime down not by disarming law-abiding citizens, but by continuing to be vigilant against violent crime by punishing it harshly. Keep criminals off the streets and in prison."
It's hard to keep guns away from violent people, but it is easier to take guns away from the law abiding people. "Let's do that instead. We can tell ourselves we are getting important work done, without the unpleasantness of dealing with violent people."
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Until violent people show up uninvited in your house...
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I don't think the focus on semiautomatic rifles is based on ignorance or even low hanging fruit. The gun grabbers know that very few shootings involve rifles at all. This is part of their incrementalist strategy to disarm the public. Ban semiautomatics and after the next shooting that wasn't enough. So lets ban standard capacity magazines and after the next shooting that will seen to be not enough. Then they will ban semiautomatic pistols but there still be mass shootings so revolvers will have to be banned. After the next incident then those sniper rifles will have to go. They are starting with actions that they know will zero effect so they can move on to ever more tighter restrictions.

And when America is disarmed and the criminal class controls the streets for the Fascist [Democratic] Party they will be very satisfied.
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Howdy tdiinva
You're right, I think, about the reasons for targeting semi-automatic rifles.
Obama has said the weapons of war do not belong on our streets, but Obama and the Enablers should take a look at the Miller decision. It held that the Second Amendment applied to "arms" suitable for military use and that the sawed-off shotgun in question was not suitable to military use, thus allowing the federal government to ban such weapons.
It held that we have the right to "keep and bear" the very "weapons of war" that Obama thought did not belong in the street.
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