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December 8, 2023

A ‘Record Number of Mass Shootings’?

Why do Democrats only focus on less than 1% of murders nationwide?

There was a lot of political “gun violence” rhetoric this week from Joe Biden and his Leftmedia publicists regarding the record number of “mass shooting” cases this year. It was all a disgraceful charade using the blood of innocents to promote the Democrat Party’s perennial gun control narrative.

To that end, Biden and his cadres were focused on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, where a former college professor with an MBA from Duke University launched a high-profile attack targeting staff at Lee Business School. The assailant killed three people and wounded at least one other person before being killed by police. According to reports, the 67-year-old assailant had applied for work with UNLV’s Lee School but had been rejected. Notably, the lockdown response to the attack continued for hours after the Las Vegas PD announced the assailant had been killed, sowing a lot of additional fear and angst. Officials also informed a ground stop of all flights at Las Vegas International Airport, a shutdown similar to the recent Thanksgiving Day closure of Buffalo International Airport after a false report of a “terrorist attack” at the Niagara Falls bridge.

The assailant’s former East Coast students indicated he was obsessed with “sin city” and devoted many of his lectures on his sordid activities there. The assailant also had a fascination with serial killers, having claimed he used his genius MENSA skills to solve the Zodiac killer case. He claimed on his social media pages to be “a total crackpot” — apparently a deadly crackpot. Astoundingly, and typical of asinine tone-deaf posts by major social media platforms, the UNLV assailant’s LinkedIn page noted, “In memory of [XXXXXXXXXX] — This account has been memorialized as a tribute to [XXXXXXXXXX’s] professional legacy.” Isn’t that special. (That page has now been removed.)

The focus on the high-profile Las Vegas incident eclipsed two other rare multiple-murder incidents this week: a murder/suicide of four victims in Washington State, and six murdered in separate incidents by a single sociopathic assailant in Texas.

Predictably, none of the victims were overlooked by Biden for their usefulness as fodder for his political agenda. Biden issued his standard “gun violence” statement: “This is not normal, and we can never let it become normal. For all the action we have taken since I’ve been President, the epidemic of gun violence we face demands that we do even more. But we cannot do more without Congress. Republican lawmakers must join with Democrats in Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, pass a national red flag law, enact universal background checks, require the safe storage of guns, and advance other commonsense measures that will help stem the tide of gun violence.”

Actually, none of those legislative measures would have stopped any of these three attacks — and no so-called “assault weapons” were used. Fact is, rifles and shotguns of any type combined are used in less than 3% of all homicides, but Biden never lets facts get in the way of his political agenda.

Of course, the type of weapon is irrelevant because guns don’t commit violence, thugs and sociopaths commit violence.

Moreover, what actually happened when Biden took office is that he and his Demos unleashed a record surge of violence nationwide, which continues largely unabated. But they now ubiquitously and falsely label the murderous contagion they seeded “gun violence” and focus exclusively on the rare high-profile “mass shootings,” which account for only a tiny fraction of the 26,000 homicides in the U.S. last year.

Democrats are very deliberate about only focusing on the infrequent high-profile attacks because they can’t escape responsibility for the vast majority of murders on their degraded urban poverty plantations. They want to avoid at all costs the “inconvenient truth” about race and violence, which is the direct result of failed Democrat social programs.

Likewise, the three latest murder scenes were not overlooked by The Washington Post either, which, like Biden and his Demos, pays no attention to the epidemic of black-on-black murders plaguing our nation. According to the Post, the most recent attacks “set a grim U.S. record.” The Post, which uses a reputable database of “mass shootings” and defines such as when “four or more victims were killed,” claims that in 2022, the previous record was 36 incidents, but the Texas and Washington cases this week push the 2023 total to 38. (Yes, you can ignore those fake news numbers being propagated by some leftist media outlets claiming there were almost 600 mass shootings this year.)

Notably, these attack numbers do not include mass murders with other weapons, like the murder of four people by an assailant with a knife last week.

WaPo noted the total death toll from 2023 “mass shootings” was 197 — out of what will likely be more than 25,000 murders this year. Again, a fraction of 1% — so why do Democrats only focus on less than 1% of murders nationwide? (Rhetorical question.)

The answer is that because 99% of murders in the U.S. are not the result of mass attacks, those deaths aren’t useful for the Democrats’ gun control narrative, which they use to invoke emotional reaction from mostly wealthy white suburban women, who form the Demos’ largest constituency.

Of course, Demos are intentionally using these events to foment fear.

Kamala Harris chimed in with this erroneous assertion: “Gun violence is the leading cause of death for children throughout our nation.” If by “children” she means gang- and drug-associated murders of those under age 21, then yes.

The fear and angst Demos intentionally create is taking a toll on Americans’ mental health. Psychological researcher Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson observes: “Watching it time and time again on your phone or on the headlines can really impact you in ways that I don’t think we knew before to be as impactful. It’s so ‘in our face’ all the time and we have access to so much footage, so many pictures, so many videos, so many accounts that we’re ingesting it in ways that’s really unhealthy for us.” The result for many mothers is an irrational fear that their children will be shot.

That is precisely the fear that Democrats want to perpetuate in order to advance their gun control agenda.

Frankly, I am shocked that the number of mass murders is not much higher. In a country of 330 million people with a culture that ignores the rising generation of sociopathic murderers — countless thugs in violent urban centers who are completely saturated with violence to the point of glorifying it — it is fortunate that the incidence of mass murder is not 10 times higher.

Further, as noted crime researcher John Lott reports, “[The Democrats’] ‘guns first’ approach ignores a basic fact — over 92% of violent crimes in America do not involve firearms.”

Arguably, the only thing keeping the number of murders and assaults from being much higher is that about 40% of households — roughly 125 million Americans — are legal and responsible gun owners and have a means of self-defense.

Finally, as I have suggested previously, before we ban guns, Demos should ban alcohol. Alcohol abuse is far more deadly than firearm abuse.

More than 140,000 people died from alcohol abuse last year — that’s SEVEN times the number of homicides associated with firearms. Drunk drivers are responsible for 28 deaths per day. And notably, it is estimated that alcohol is also a key factor in at least 30% of homicides involving a firearm. (Include illegal drug use and that number jumps to about 60%.)

If Democrats are serious about homicides, they should outlaw alcohol. Problem is, the vast majority of alcohol users possess and use it legally and responsibly. Likewise, the vast majority of firearm owners possess and use them legally and responsibly. Enacting a prohibition on firearms is tantamount to enacting a prohibition on alcohol. In both cases, only law-abiding users obey the laws, while lawless users don’t.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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