Why can’t these angry liberals just let America enjoy the holiday without injecting politics into everything?
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety group is providing its members a gun control flashcard of sorts, packed with figures and facts, to use around the dinner table this holiday.
The collection of data, presented in a bullet-point format, is designed to provide advocates quick information to draw from in conversation with seldom seen friends and relatives over the upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Termed “Talking Turkey About Guns, 2014” the resource presents itself as a myth buster of sorts, for instance, taking on claims from the National Rifle Association that more guns in more places make us all safer.
“Even though good manners says we’re not supposed to talk religion or politics, we all know that sometimes the conversation at the Thanksgiving table gets taken over by a family member or friend with strong opinions and shaky facts,” Erika Soto Lamb, communications director for Everytown told Guns.com Monday.
It’s not good manners, but we all know blah blah blah. They’re just not happy unless everyone is as miserable as they are.
The figures at the heart of the current infographic, however, have been discredited by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist specializing on guns and crime. Lott, through his Crime Prevention Research Center, has long taken on the Bloomberg group’s statistics calling them “typical misinformation.”
Lott told Guns.com that the latest Everytown effort has some, “Horrible errors in these claims,” pointing out, for instance, that the classification of “intimate partners” included in the figures about violence towards women also encompasses prostitutes and their customers.
“If you want to ask about the real risk factor women should be careful of men with violent criminal records, not ownership of guns,” Lott said.