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Monday, March 18, 2013

GUNS | "All Shooters Were Dems"

Someone took out an ad in a newspaper asserting that all of the recent shooters were Democrats. The ad ended with the simple solution–don't let Democrats have guns.

It is an example of ideology-based passing on of data that fit a thesis and ignoring data that do not.

I have not done my own research on this but according to another source, the publicized recent shooters include:

  • Adam Lanza - no evidence he is a Democrat and his mother Nancy Lanza was a registered Republican. 
  • Columbine shooters - claim that parents were Democrats not evidence-based. 
  • Eric Harris was from a military family. 
  • Dylan Klebold’s family was active in their Lutheran church. 
  • Nidal Hasan, the man accused the Fort Hood shooting, lived in Virginia or Texas, neither of which have registered party affiliations. 
  • Seung-Hui Cho of the Virginia Tech shooting was a Korean national with permanent residency status, not a citizen of the USA; he wasn’t eligible to vote in the U.S. 
  • James Holmes from Aurora was not registered to vote. Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter was a registered independent. 
I am posting this in the hope of trying to neutralize misinformation.