Well that didn’t take long.
Before the blood could dry at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the left began its normal, post-tragedy routine: call for stricter laws, particularly for the boogeyman du jour, the semiautomatic AR-15 rifle.
At the behest of the media, of course.
Per the Seattle Times:
“As of this week, seven of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history have all happened since 2007. And the latest, most serious shootings seem to have one new thing in common: the AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle . . .
In each one of the older shootings on the nation’s 10-deadliest list, with one exception, the shooters carried handguns. But in all of the latest incidents — Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012; San Bernardino, California, in 2015; Orlando, Florida, in 2016; Las Vegas in 2017; and Sutherland Springs, Texas, 2017 — the attackers primarily used AR-15s.”
All in all, AR-15s account for 192 deaths in the ten deadliest American shootings.
A frightening and tragic statistic no doubt, until you consider that there are 15 million AR-15’s in the country, the vast, vast majority of which will never be used in any illegal act.
In fact, .00003 percent of all AR-15s are complicit in the aforementioned mass shootings. By comparison, there were approximately 11,000 gun-related homicides in 2016 alone. Generally speaking, AR-15s and similar rifles account for less than 2 percent of all gun deaths in America.
That’s a pretty good record for a weapon of mass destruction. But my purpose isn’t to defend the AR-15, but rather to point out one of the left’s boldest hypocrisies.
Many of the same people calling for stricter gun control, particularly toward AR-15s, are the very ones decrying Trump’s attempts at stricter immigration as “racist.”
They don’t want a wall, they go out of their way to protect dangerous and wanted illegals, and they increasingly demonize U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
But the numbers are clear: illegal immigration poses a much greater threat to Americans than does the AR-15.
As Paul Bedard pointed out at The Washington Examiner, 90 percent of all illegals arrested by ICE last year were wanted or had charges pending.
But the real jaw-dropper comes from The Hill:
“The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that as of 2014, illegal immigrants were convicted and sentenced for over 13 percent of all crimes committed in the U.S.
According to the FBI, 67,642 murders were committed in the U.S. from 2005 through 2008, and 115,717 from 2003 through 2009. The General Accounting Office documents that criminal immigrants committed 25,064 of these murders.
To extrapolate out these statistics, this means that a population of just over 3.5 percent residing in the U.S. unlawfully committed 22 percent to 37 percent of all murders in the nation. This is astounding.”
Astounding to say the least, particularly when compared to the AR-15!
What makes this even more tragic is that while the phenomenon of AR-15s in mass shootings is relatively new, crime by illegal immigrants has been devastating Americans for decades.
Of course most illegal aliens are good people, and I certainly don’t mean to imply that the population as a whole is complicit.
However, the numbers clearly demonstrate that the population as a whole is exponentially more dangerous than an inanimate object that must be fired by an actual person.
Is it any wonder why no one takes the left’s gun control rhetoric seriously?
They want to pass new, ill-informed laws but refuse to enforce the ones on the books.