You'd think with as often as this talking point has been debunked that progressive keyboard advocates would stop incorporating it into their local columns and blogs. Not the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the local daily with a dwindling circulation in Missouri. Their latest volley: “gun deaths outpace vehicle deaths.” They lift from the far left Violence Policy Center for their argument:
Referring to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the Washington-based organization says 33,636 gun deaths were reported nationwide in 2013, or a rate of 10.64 for every 100,000 people; motor vehicle deaths totaled 35,612, or a rate of 11.27.
Actually, CDC's own website shows that 21,175 of these deaths were self-inflicted. It's the practice of the anti-gun lobby to conflate suicides with homicide so as to fear monger about firearms. Unmanipulated numbers do nothing for their agenda. The author declined to make that important distinction.
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