Poor Chris Murphy.
The rookie Democrat Senator from Connecticut has attacked your natural right to bear arms for self-defense at every turn, and has shown that he isn’t above deception to push his tyrannical views. Unfortunately for him, Murphy went so far with his latest howler that even the rabidly anti-gun Washington Post Fact Checker felt compelled to call him out in public.
Which Chris Murphy lie did the Post Fact Checker target?
“Since Sandy Hook there has been a school shooting, on average, every week. How on earth can we live with ourselves if we do nothing?”
— Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), speech on Senate floor, June 24, 2015
…Murphy’s speech on gun violence focused on Sandy Hook, mass shootings and the need to talk about anti-gun violence policy. He shared an eye-popping statistic: Since the shooting at Sandy Hook, there has been one school shooting on average per week. Is that really the case — that there have been somewhere around 128 school shootings since December 2014?
The answer of course is a resounding “No.” Instead of using reputable sources, Murphy used the repeatedly debunked “school shooting report” from Moms Demand Action/Everytown, which has been debunked by every major news outlet who addressed their claims.
There are many ways to define school shooting. But applying the “reasonable person” standard, as is the standard at The Fact Checker, it is difficult to see how many of the incidents included in Everytown’s list — such as suicide in a car parked on a campus or a student accidentally shooting himself when emptying his gun and putting it away in his car before school — would be considered a “school shooting” in the context of Sandy Hook.
Lawmakers have a responsibility to check out the facts in the reports they use, especially ones that come from advocacy groups. If they are aware there are definitions that are disputed, or that are defined in other ways depending on who uses them, it is incumbent on lawmakers to clarify exactly what they are talking about and not mislead the public. In particular, lawmakers should rely more on official government statistics, such as from the FBI, rather than misleading metrics cobbled together by interest groups.
Senator Murphy is very clearly anti-gun and anti-liberty.
It’s a shame that he has to stoop to such low propaganda to support his views.