Guns and the Toddler Falsification

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Hillary Clinton, photo from The Washington Timesweb photos

This week, the anti-gun Brady Campaign launched its “Toddlers Kill” campaign with a series of videos in image ads while simultaneously launching ToddlersKill.org, which has a bunch of claims about children and firearms.

The campaign is obviously meant to be a play on the popular gun rights slogan—in fact, one of the campaign’s taglines is “guns don’t kill people, toddlers kill people.”

The still-image ads include some monster statistics, like on that says, “About 2,600 kids and teens are killed by guns each year. Almost 14,800 more are injured.”

However, according to this story from freebeacon.com, the Brady Campaign cites a fact sheet published by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to corroborate its stats, which says: "The fact sheet claims '2,624 kids and teens die from gun violence' each year, based on analysis of a Centers for Disease Control database. The statistic counts the firearm-related deaths of everyone under age 19, from toddlers to 18 and 19-year-old adults."

The story says: "Fifty children under age 14 were killed in accidental shootings in 2014, while nearly three times as many, or 148, people between ages 15 and 24 were killed in accidental shootings. The same holds true for firearms homicides. Five children under 1 year old, 47 children between the ages 1 and 4, and 173 children between the ages of 5 and 14 were murdered, while 3,587 people between the ages of 15 and 24 were murdered in the same time period."

“The age contrast for firearms suicides was even more pronounced, with no deaths recorded for children under age 4, 174 deaths for children between ages 5 and 14, and 2,270 deaths for people age 15 and 24.”

Even so, the Brady Campaign says the campaign isn’t just about toddlers…despite the ToddlersKill.org URL.

“This isn’t just about toddlers,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign. “Ninety Americans die from gun violence every day. Whether the trigger is pulled by a toddler, a convicted felon, domestic abuser, or terrorist, we have a problem in America with guns too easily falling into the wrong hands."

With the presidential election race getting even hotter the closer we get to November 8, it seems more and more bad data regarding gun violence is being disseminated through the mass media.

Yesterday we reported that a data error by the CDC caused a false spike in gun deaths in Tennessee, and the agency said there might be mistakes in gun data in other states as well.

Even the Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton incorrectly defended her disagreement with the landmark Supreme Court decision District of Columbia v. Heller by saying it was about keeping toddlers from gaining access to guns.

“What the District of Columbia was trying to do was to protect toddlers from guns,” Clinton said. “So they wanted people with guns to safely store them, and the court didn’t accept that reasonable regulation. But they’ve accepted many others, so I see no conflict between saving people’s lives and defending the Second Amendment.”

The main impact of the 2008 decision, in which the Court overturned a long standing ban on handgun ownership in Washington D.C., was that such a restriction is unconstitutional and violated the Second Amendment, according to this story from the Washington Times.

Clinton was apparently referencing a small provision of the court’s ruling also struck down a city provision requiring gun owners to keep all guns, including long guns, either unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock or other locking device while in the home, rendering them nearly useless for home defense.