Some years ago, an anti-gun group published a “study” showing that the rate of gun deaths was higher in red, square, stereotypically conservative flyover states where guns were plentiful and available to the law-abiding.
Of course, it’s a misleading point – in keeping with the gun control dictum to “Lie First, Lie Last, Lie Always”. The vast majority of gun deaths are suicides – and this is especially true in the rural west, as a disproportionate number of people, usually older, male, depressed, often very ill, decide to check out via the most reliable means they have available, their firearms. It’s tragic; it’s also not the same as murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape, aggravated assault or other violent crimes committed against others. And it doesn’t take many suicides in a thinly-populated rural western county to send that per capita death rate soaring.
But no mind; fake as it is, this particular narrative made the usual rounds:
- Through the various far-left blogs that pretty much exist to recite the left’s chanting points
- To the various gun grabber groups, whose only real source of “information” is the chanting points they’re fed by their superiors in the “progressive” food chain
- And finally, mainstream “news” organizations.
And so – barely a decade after having been chastened to a fine sheen for using fraudulent sources, CBS News is still in the business of mindlessly parroting fake chanting points.