U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Washington Post is reporting that the Giffords PAC component of the gun handle group has launched a $300,000 marketing campaign blasting Virginia Republican lawmakers for opposing additional restrictions on law-abiding citizens, but what the newspaper is not saying is that the message may possibly be misleading.
According to 1 of the advertisements financed by Giffords PAC, “Guns kill additional than 1,000 Virginians just about every year.” That quantity seems to combine homicides, suicides and possibly even accidents due to the fact the lately-released FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2018 tells a far distinctive story.
According to the FBI information, final year saw 391 murders, of which 297 involved firearms. Handguns are linked to 141 of these slayings, rifles accounted for eight and shotguns have been applied in 5 additional. There have been 143 murders in which the firearm was not identified. That is down from the 453 murders reported by the FBI in 2017. Of these, 338 involved firearms, with 156 committed with handguns, and 11 each and every with rifles or shotguns. There have been 160 slayings in which the firearm was “unknown.”
A Washington Post-Schar College survey released many days ago says “gun policy is the top rated problem for Virginia voters,” the newspaper reported. Final results of that poll, performed by phone Sept. 25-30, may possibly be viewed right here.
As reported by the Washington Post, a spokesman for Virginia Republican Residence Speaker Kirk Cox mentioned the GOP majority in Richmond “knew Virginia Democrats would be nicely funded by out-of-state liberal PACs.”
Spokesman Parker Slaybaugh told the newspaper, “The outdoors gun handle groups have meddled in our elections for years, so this is practically nothing new and does not alter our technique.”
According to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, utilizing 2017 information from the Centers for Illness Manage and Prevention, suicide is the 11th major lead to of death in Virginia.
Combining firearm-connected suicide and homicide numbers has been a technique of the gun prohibition lobby for a lot of years. When anti-gunners speak about 30,000 to 33,000 deaths annually from so-referred to as “gun violence,” they are mixing the numbers to create a additional dramatic figure.
That is what Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Correct to Retain and Bear Arms mentioned in a current news release about the most current FBI crime report.
“In order to make the impression that this nation is awash in violent crime,” he asserted, “gun grabbers routinely combine the quantity of homicides and suicides, plus accidental deaths and contact them all acts of so-referred to as ‘gun violence.’ It is deliberately misleading and downright dishonest.”
Virginia voters head to the polls Nov. five for the off-year legislative elections. Democrats are hoping to take handle, and gun handle seems to be 1 of their priorities immediately after Republicans earlier this year shut down a particular session aimed at passing additional gun restrictions. Anti-gun Gov. Ralph Northam had referred to as that session in reaction to a mass shooting that occurred in Virginia Beach May perhaps 31. A dozen folks have been killed in that incident, which mainly occurred in a government developing exactly where staff are not permitted to have defensive firearms. A single particular person was killed in the parking lot outdoors.
A hyperlink on the Giffords web page requires guests to the list of “gun security champions” the group has endorsed in an work to support Democrats take the majority subsequent month. Virginia Second Amendment activists may possibly be utilizing that list to ascertain who they should really vote against.
At the web page, Giffords PAC political director Joanna Belanger tends to make the following statement: “Voters in Virginia are primed to turn out this year on gun security. With existing state leadership paying lip service to the problem, this year Virginia voters will say ‘enough is sufficient.’ The status quo of thoughts and prayers is no longer acceptable, and these advertisements show just what’s at stake if elected leaders in the Commonwealth continue to block progress. This is an vital moment for Virginia. Carrying gun security champions to victory in November will be the very first step in building a safer Virginia no cost from the dangers of gun violence.”
This is what a lot of activists contact an instance of “camo-speak,” substituting the term “gun safety” for the significantly less acceptable term “gun handle.”
About Dave Workman
Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of numerous books on the Correct to Retain & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.