Suzie Mulesky, an Amnesty International Donor called out Amnesty International for declaring a Travel Advisory on the United States over gun violence.
— PostEverything (@PostEverything) August 13, 2019
My latest at WaPo explains why Amnesty’s ‘travel advisory’ to the US in the wake of the mass shootings does little to advance human rights, as it systematically mischaracterizes the pattern of gun violence and lends credibility to similar ‘advisories’ by Venezuela and Uruguay. https://t.co/nWggGKu9u1
— Suzie Mulesky (@SuzieMulesky) August 13, 2019
The advisory urges people to avoid the places where research shows they are safer from gun violence: “places where large numbers of people gather, especially cultural events, places of worship, schools, and shopping malls.” While mass shootings have occurred in these places, they’re by far the least probable locations for people to experience gun violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). In 2011, about 48 percent of gun homicides took place in the homeand 25 percent on streets and roads, with 3 to 4 percent taking place in schools, recreational areas, sports fields or athletic arenas (data through 2016 are available through the NVDRS, with very similar statistics).
Amnesty vaguely implies that marginalized groups such as women, immigrants and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community face the highest risk of gun violence: “Depending on the traveler’s gender identity, race, country of origin, ethnic background, or sexual orientation, they may be at higher risk of being targeted with gun violence, and should plan accordingly.” But while there have been horrifying recentcases targeting members of minority groups, the vast majority of the victims of gun violence are men targeted for reasons that have no relation to their gender or sexual orientation. Amnesty’s statement also implies that individuals are more at risk of gun violence perpetrated by strangers or members outside of their own community, which is not what the data suggests. People are overwhelmingly more likely to be shot by people they know and members of their own community and ethnicity.
Amnesty’s warning implies that people are likely to experience gun violence wherever they are in the United States because of the “ubiquity of firearms among the population.” But the data suggests otherwise. Two percent of counties accounted for more than 50 percent of killings in recent years, and even then, homicides tend to be concentrated in certain neighborhoods. In any given year, 54 percent of American counties don’t usually experience a single homicide of any kind.
The timing of the announcement implies that people are more likely to die of gun violence today than ever before. While tragic and newsworthy events such as mass shootings can create this impression, gun homicides occur about 60 percent as often as they did 25 years ago, even taking into account that the number of fatalities from mass shootings has increased. Mass shootings account for a small percentage of overall gun violence, making the selective attention to such events a poor way to understand general patterns of gun deaths in the United States. And the travel warning, leveled only against the United States, provides a false sense that the risk of murder is higher here than in other countries. But according to cross-national data on intentional homicides, there are 80 or 90 countries with a higher murder rate than the United States, none of which Amnesty has warned against visiting because of potential violence.
It is amazing to see leftists finally admits facts when they are attacking someone else on the left. The case she makes is the exact case Conservatives across the country make about not only guns but also about America. The facts she lays out backs up a ton of Conservative positions.
Here are some of those:
Gun Violence is going down
Mass Shootings are hyped up by the MSM but don’t reflect the higher gun problem
America isn’t racist or sexist
America’s gun problem comes from Democrat run areas
The only other thing I could wish for out of this was for her to see just how dangerous groups like Amnesty International are. These groups are run for pure propaganda purposes and want Americans to buy the agenda they are pushing. If anyone cares about protecting human rights let’s start with protecting there right to gun ownership so they can protect themselves.
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