GOA Shuts Down CNN Talking Head with Gun Facts She Ignored in CDC Study She Cited

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Published on: June 25, 2016

Once again, the mainstream media is exposed for being complicit in the anti-American agenda of the Obama administration as they provide cover by ignoring obvious facts that support the good that guns provide in society while citing selected portions of the same study to argue against guns.

“Every year, more than 100,000 people are victims of gunshot wounds. And we should point out that that number does include suicides, as well. According to the CDC, in 2013, more than 33,000 people die from firearms, every single year. Um, isn’t that too many?”

Gun Owners of America Communications Director Erich Pratt appeared on CNN’s Newsroom with Carol Costello. Instead of allowing Costello to get away with only citing certain facts of a Center for Disease Control for her anti-gun agenda, Pratt pointed her to the facts of the study and others that point out that guns in our society actually make us safer.

From the transcript of the interview:

PRATT: Well, what you failed to point out, Carol, is that the CDC also pursuant to President Obama issuing a decree to have them study this issue, they found that anywhere from 500,000 to 3 million times a year, guns are being used in self-defense. So, that means for every negative tragic use of a firearm, you have guns being used 16 to 100 times more…

COSTELLO: Wait, wait a minute. Wait, wait… I just want to point out facts. I don’t know what study you’re citing, but the CDC has been barred from doing any research on guns.

PRATT: It’s the CDC. The very same statistics.

COSTELLO: Congress won’t fund the CDC from funding any gun research on gun violence. So I don’t know…

PRATT: He commissioned an executive order in January of 2013, ordering the CDC — in fact, Slate wrote an article after the CDC published those statistics, and Slate is certainly no pro-gun magazine. And they pointed out — the article was entitled “The surprising findings by the CDC.” And certainly they were surprising to people on the left. The fact that 16 to 100 times more often, guns are being used to save lives than to take lives. Now, the president since then seems to have ignored that CDC study. How ironic he wants more research, et cetera.

But when the research was done, it actually found guns are saving more lives than are being taken by them. And as you look all around the country, Carol, actually you see time and time again that people have stopped mass shootings in their tracks. People, good people with their firearms, like a year ago this month, in a bar like the Orlando bar, in a Youngstown bar, a bar employee, who was a concealed carrier, used his gun to stop a mass shooter, no innocent lives were taken as a result. If that guy was in Orlando, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

Now stop and think about the absolute ridiculous claim that Costello just made. First, she cited the CDC study for victims of gunshot wounds, but claims that Congress won’t fund studies about guns. Does this woman’s brain even function?

The fact is that Congress is not authorized to be spending money on any of these stupid studies in the first place because the aim would be to simply infringe on the rights of citizens, which are protected under the Second Amendment.

Still, Costello continued in her relentless pursuit of the elusive truth. “But let me run this by you,” she said. “Because most Americans are armed, and I’m going to put this starkly: civilians own about 270 million guns. One-in-three Americans own a gun. Yet 30,000 — more than 30,000 — people are still dying every year. How many more guns can there be out there?”

“You know what you’re overlooking, is that, as you pointed out, we do have more guns than we ever had, more than 170 million new guns have been bought since 1991,” Pratt retorted. “And yet, you know what has happened to the murder rate during that time? It’s dropped 50%. We’re actually safer today with more guns. So, you know, you’re trying to scare people by saying, ‘Oh, look, there’s more guns.’ But we’re actually safer today, just look at the FBI statistics.”

Costello still would not concede the facts but countered, “You think we’re safer today when 30,000 people are dying every year?”

Reminding her that the numbers she cited includes suicides, something that she acknowledged at the beginning of the interview, Pratt went on to say, “Actually, our murder rate is not even in the top 100 of countries around the world. And the top 100 countries, guess what, they have much stricter gun control than we do.”

While Costello said that she would follow up on Pratt’s claims, we’re not going to hold our breath that she will or that if she did, she would be allowed to report it on the Communist News Network.

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