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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:00 am

With the help of sensationalizing “fake media” and the entertainment business, which makes pernicious, violent video games and movies (think Quinton Tarantino) which I believe play a big role in mass shootings, liberals predictably seized upon the Dayton and El Paso shooting rampages to call for more gun control.

There are two hypocrisies here: First, Democrats, Hollywood, government officials and the mainstream press are all protected by gun-toting security. They are safe precisely because their guards have guns — which ghettos, farms and trailer parks do not.

Second, if more laws and gun control really worked, all mass shootings could just be outlawed. I am not sure why we think one more gun law, layered upon past gun laws, will make a difference. It would be ceding more power to our government law enforcement — you know, like the guys who were supposed to be watching Jeffrey Epstein.

Guns are ingrained in American life and they are not going away. Nanny Pelosi and Chuck Schumer politicize every shooting. By doing so, they align themselves with other famous world leaders who forced gun control: Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Kim Jung-Il, Muammar Gaddafi and Hugo Chavez.

Sadly, facts seldom matter in politics. You’d think we are a gun murder-based economy. Not so. According to Dr. Alan Bates, the leading expert in the field, “Murder rates nationwide have dropped 52 percent over 20 years …violent crime by 49 percent to a 41-year low (FBI stats), synchronous with 41 states adopting ‘right to carry’ laws.”

The media and public health leftists call the mass murders and killings an “epidemic.” The reality is that, as gun ownership has grown since 1991, the murder rate has been cut by more than half. The only thing that is up is suicide rates (91% of suicides are white males, which should make Democrats happy). And guns are not the “cause” of this; Jeffrey Epstein proved that bedsheets can be used to commit suicide. Maybe Dems need to outlaw bed sheets next to get ahead of this alarming trend. Start with 100-count sheets. I hate those.

Only about 323 deaths a year are caused by assault weapons. In the same year, 496 Americans were killed with hammers and 650 with knives. Millions of Americans are dying from obesity-related causes; perhaps a one-week waiting period to buy a Twinkie is next? Or confiscation of all forks?

In a year when about 10,000 murders were committed with guns, the “Journal of Quantitative Criminology” (I think it was the May swimsuit issue) found that U.S. civilians used guns to defend themselves and others from crimes at least 989,883 times. That peace of mind is immeasurable.

Of course, politicians jump on any tragedy to grandstand and say there need to be fewer guns. The El Paso Wal-Mart shooter was a fan of Trump’s immigration policy, the Dayton shooter liked Elizabeth Warren’s socialist views. “Pocahontas” tried to distance herself from this deranged Dayton shooter and issued a statement that, if he were a fan of hers, he would have used a tomahawk or bow and arrow instead.

Every newscast implies that the latest shootings, the numbers of which they wrongly report are way up, were caused by Trump-inspired hate. If he ran into the El Paso Wal-Mart during the shooting and dragged a kid to safety, CNN’s headline would be that Trump groped a child.

CNN and the left hate Trump but would never shoot him. If they did, they’d have to admit that guns have a purpose in America.

(Just a note to my friends: If I am ever killed in a Wal-Mart, please drag my body to a Costco.)

I am not sure why the left wants to elevate fears of mass shootings and not just allow us to enjoy our remaining 12 years of survival on Earth. Obama/Biden and the Democrats have weaponized the FBI, DOJ and IRS against us. We need guns! History shows us that when any government tells its citizens they do not need guns, that’s when people need them most.

The real problem the media ignore are the “gun free” killing fields of Chicago, Atlanta and Baltimore. Trump called out Baltimore, saying “Many people do not want to live there anymore.” Thanks to Baltimore’s murder rate, fewer and fewer people have to. Chicago’s Democrat machine has tried to get control of its murder rate. Their fear is political; if the Chicago murder rate continues at this pace, only Republicans will be left in the city.

Even shotgun toting “Sleepy Joe” Biden jumped into the fray with his own style of confused old man messaging. When his Party told him, “You are now against guns,” it fired him up. He confronted Trump on the issue. Biden is so firmly for gun control that he is willing to challenge Trump to a duel to prove it.

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