Huffington Post gets plenty wrong in Carlson story

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I’ve often said that I actually respect the overtly left-leaning “news” organizations more than the mainstream media because they’re at least honest about their biases. I generally stand by that.

Yet being open about your biases doesn’t absolve you from being truthful. Recently, the Huffington Post really dropped the ball on that one.

It started with an attempt to address the words of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Tucker Carlson went straight to “civil war” as he forecast what the U.S. would look like with gun control.

On Wednesday night’s broadcast, the Fox News host waded into the gun control debate, which flared up again this week in the wake of a mass shooting at a Nashville, Tennessee, school.

Carlson mentioned a statistic often touted by gun control proponents ― that there are more civilian-owned firearms in the U.S. than people.

“That’s true,” Carlson said, noting that there are more than 400 million firearms in the country, billions of rounds of ammunition, and that “about half of all U.S. households have at least one gun at home, and many have much more than that.”

“Those are all real numbers, but they are hardly an argument for gun control,” Carlson said. “They’re an argument, in fact, against it.”

“Ask yourself: What would it require to confiscate all those guns and all that ammunition and turn the United States into a disarmed nation like Turkmenistan or North Korea?” he continued.

Now, the Huffington Post doesn’t answer those questions at all.

Instead, though, they decide to delve into the “facts” surrounding guns. The problem? They don’t understand them.


Let’s address a few of them.

The gun death rate in the U.S. is much higher than in other developed nations. The U.S. also has the loosest gun laws and by far the most firearms.

This is true.

Yet, as I’ve pointed out a few times already, our non-gun homicide rate is also much higher than the total homicide rate in other developed nations.

This is an important fact that folks like the Huffington Post don’t seem to want to consider. If we’re simply more violent as a nation, which our non-gun homicide rate suggests, then it seems that guns aren’t the problem. They’re just a convenient scapegoat.

It doesn’t get better from here.

In 2020, firearms surpassed car crashes as the top cause of death for children ages 1 to 18 in the U.S. In no other comparable country are firearm deaths among even the top four causes of death for children, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

That’s actually not what that analysis found.

That study lumped 18-year-olds in with kids, sure, but also included 19-year-olds.

What it didn’t do, however, is look at anything beyond the raw numbers. Older teenagers are more likely to be involved in gang activity, something that drastically raises the risk of being killed. As such, it skews the numbers up far more drastically than if one were to look at what most of us would think of as actual children.

Finally, they offered this:

Gun reforms up for discussion in Congress don’t envision anything like the confiscation scenario Carlson outlined. Democrats and gun safety advocates have proposed reforms like stronger background checks for gun purchases, “red flag” laws to keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands and restrictions on assault-style firearms.

This is a classic anti-gun dodge and the Huffington Post knows it.

Further, it’s not even true.

President Joe Biden has repeatedly said he wants to ban such weapons. Just because Congress isn’t on board right here and now doesn’t mean that Carlson is talking crazy.

The truth of the matter is that more than a few Democrats through the years have talked about going after all the guns. The fact that such an effort isn’t currently offered doesn’t change the fact that we know good and well that’s the endgame.

And we’re not handing them over.

Carlson’s prediction wasn’t wrong. It might not be this year or next, but if we’re not careful, it will happen.

But considering just how much the Huffington Post managed to botch in a relatively short piece on Carlson, no one should be surprised that they don’t understand that fact, either.