Editor’s Note: This article has been revised since its initial publication.
Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Moms Demand Action couldn’t let the tragedy in Santa Barbara pass without interjecting more false information into the gun-control debate.
It is hard to see how Moms Demand Action could even make this comparison across all countries. Data from the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) allows you to break down murders either by the sex of the victim or by whether firearms are used, but it doesn’t allow users to identify both these categories simultaneously.
Moms Demand Action’s claim doesn’t make much sense anyway; they shouldn’t compare the raw number of homicides, since that doesn’t account for differences between countries in population size. Comparing homicide rates makes a lot more sense. Map 1.6 from the UNODC shows that in 2012 the U.S. had one of the world’s lower rates of homicide against females.
Not surprisingly, Bloomberg’s groups are churning out false claims as they unite with Democrats to push for even more federally funded studies on gun violence. Bloomberg’s groups are responsible for the myth that gun research dropped after the NRA successfully won an amendment to the federal budget in 1996 banning the Centers for Disease Control from pushing for more gun control. Based largely on that myth, Senator Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.) have proposed spending another $60 million from taxpayers to “study” gun violence.
The Obama administration is even less likely to keep politics out of the research it funds than it is to keep politics out of whom the IRS has decided to audit. This isn’t saying that the Obama administration will bribe researchers into supporting its positions, just that it knows which researchers support anti-gun views and it will fund those individuals.
Unfortunately, with hundreds of millions of dollars from Bloomberg and millions more from George Soros and left-wing foundations, a tidal wave of false information about guns is going to hit over the next couple of years.