CNN quick to link mass shootings to legal gun ownership — and fails miserably

“Don’t let a tragedy go to waste.”

After four snipers murdered five law enforcement officers in Dallas, injured six others as well as a civilian, CNN, which bills itself as “the most trusted name in news,” decided to go after legal gun owners.

The network tweeted that “Texas has over 1 million handgun permit holders, with more than 57,000 in #Dallas County,” leaving the reader with the suggestion that there’s a direct correlation between mass shootings and the number of people who legally own firearms.

CNN tweeted:

The vast majority of responses were negative. Here are some examples:

The article that the tweet promoted reported that “Of the 27.5 million people who live in this southern U.S. state, more than 1 million people are licensed to carry a handgun. Dallas County has 57,620 licensees — the third highest number in the state, following Harris (139,563) and Tarrant (71,504) counties.”

Again, CNN suggested thast the high rate of legal gun ownership accounted for the rampage.

The network’s logic however, is misplaced to the point of being twisted backwards.

The results of a study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and prepared by two criminologists – Prof. Don Kates and Prof. Gary Mauser — indicates that if a correlation exists between gun ownership and violent crime, it’s a negative one.

The study “set out to answer the question in its title: ‘Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence,’” the American Civil Rights Union reported.

“Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is ‘no.’ And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: As gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases.” (Emphasis added)

Time for CNN to go back to the drawing board.

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