Gun-Banners Cherry-Pick ‘Developed Nations’ Data to Manipulate Public Opinion

Even assuming gun-grabbers aren’t being deceptive when they tell us who they consider “developed,” which they are, what does that have to do with your right to keep and bear arms? (UN Human Development index)

U.S.A. –( “The Florence, South Carolina, shooting shows America’s gun problem hurts police too,” a Thursday hit piece on the right to keep and bear arms in “liberal-leaning” Vox declares. “If you’re worried about police getting killed in the line of duty, look at America’s easy access to guns.”


“[P]olice officers in America may be uniquely susceptible to shootings, relative to other developed nations, due to the US’s abundance of guns,” the “explanation” goes. “But in America, they may be more likely to run into a person who is armed and could open fire — so these kinds of deadly incidents may happen more often.”

OK, so evidently the Founders were wrong about what was “necessary to the security of a free State,” and the Bill of Rights needs to defer to making sure government enforcers are the ones protected. It’s curious though because “progressives” then turn around and decry “police racism” and shootings of “people of color.” If you really believe that, taking the position they should be the “Only Ones” armed seems like major cognitive dissonance bordering on a complete breakdown of reality.

As far as “running into a person who is armed and could open fire,” if they’re “law-abiding,” statistically you’re in more danger if that person has a badge. If they’re criminals, which the ones that would open fire are, then what, short of total citizen disarmament, does Vox have in mind?

Based on what they advocate, that’s pretty much it. Never mind that it wouldn’t work and would result in many more deaths and open the door to nightmare dystopian scenarios. But Vox sure sounds like its basing its opinions on ‘science” when it refers to “developed nations” as the ultimate benchmark for demonstrating how barbaric America’s gun laws are when compared to the rest of the world—which also no doubt explains why so many from there want to come here badly enough to break our laws to do it.

Note the charts they use to “prove” their point – a “breakthrough analysis” by “researchers at U.C. Berkeley (and there’s an objective broker for you) illustrated by rates of “crime” and “homicides” in “15 industrialized countries.” By adding that arbitrary qualifier to the comparison of international homicide rates, gun-hating “statisticians” can omit or include countries as they see fit to support whatever conclusions they aim to reach. And this is not the first time Vox has pulled this stunt.

Anybody see Russia or Mexico listed, both with more restrictive gun laws and higher violent crime than the U.S.? Whether one consults the UN, the IMF, the World Bank or the CIA Factbook, they both have a larger GDP than some of the nations that qualify as “developed” when it suits gun-grabber purposes. Also rated above many countries in term of “economic complexity,” Mexico includes cars, computers, video displays and delivery trucks among its top exports. It boasts a literacy rate of 93.4 percent.

And somebody had better tell Vladimir Putin that Third World jerkwater he rules over has no business exporting rocket engines to the U.S., or as we’ve recently seen, threatening us more “developed” people with an “‘invincible’ intercontinental cruise missile and a nuclear torpedo that could outsmart all American defenses.” How were these primitives able to cheat Hillary out of the presidency and throw the election to Trump, unless the “progressives” are lying about that, too?

What Vox and gun-grabbers are counting on is most DSM “reporters” are too biased and lazy to dig into the numbers or, heaven forbid, challenge them. That way, most readers and viewers will absorb enough of the narrative talking points to repeat that view as if it’s “settled science” only an uncivilized extremist would doubt.

Don’t let them get away with that around you.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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You under estimate the power of indoctrination.
As an N.R.A. Certified Handgun Instructor I once helped give a Basic
Handgun Course that was attended by three Brits on vacation in the USA.
During a break, everyone was invited to examine a variety of carefully checked
to insure they were unloaded handguns. I supervised. The three Brits nervously
approached, and were clearly very freighted to so much as touch a real gun.
Never underestimate the power of a half century of carefully applied indoctrination.


Repeat the lies often enough and some will start believing the lies.


The people who like to throw around the term “settled science” are usually the same people who simultaneously affirm that there are 47 genders and that there is no difference between men and women. Just throw that back at them.


I don’t know where this Vox came from but they are one of the most leftist leaning, fake news, Trump haters going. I see an article written by them I just disregard it because I know it is full of negative trash.


First off I love my guns and I vote Dumbocrap most of the time, reason: Complete denial of science and no respect or US. Now I voted for Trump in the last election, because I like most people on here are not fans of Hillary. Everyone on here talks about agenda and conspiracy theories. Guess what you people are the issue not the gun hating left or right whoever it may be. The biggest problem that we as gun loving people have is denying that there is a gun problem in this country. Gun laws do nothing to stop criminals… Read more »


& from your rant you are doing the exact same thing you are blaming everyone else for. DUH, Maybe get your head out of your bottom like the other democrats.

Donald Cline

Opinionated, thy name is “Mike.” Mike, you are out of your gourd. Yes, Mike, we are denying there is a gun problem in this country because the only gun problem in this country are the doofuses out there, present company included, who reject the idea that the purpose of a defensive firearm is to stop a fight. If you want to base your argument on the bogus idea that “Guns Kill,” then you’d better include cars, airplanes, boats, chainsaws, and practically any other tool you can name in your rights-hating screed. Oh, and by the way: If you want proof… Read more »


TROLL! I believe a politician over a “Scientist” when the scientist is a fraud. The scientists pushing man made global warming alarmism are not following the “Scientific Method”; because, their theories as simulated by their climate system models are not validated. The models have consistently overestimated the observed global temperatures by factors >2. Additionally the only high confidence data set comes from satellite measurement of microwave emissions from the atmosphere which only covers 50 years & doesn’t show significant warming. The surface & seawater temperature data have high uncertainty. These data sets require significant corrections to be useful in coming… Read more »


“We all needed to take a test to drive right? How has that worked out? Look at all the asshole out there that suck at driving, guess what you idiots think it is ok for that guy/woman to buy a gun with no background check or training?”

So then, your argument is suck drivers still suck even after government testing, therefore gun owners need government testing.

With logic like that, no wonder you vote Democrat because of “complete denial of science.”

“I assume most gun owners are hunters”

Demonstrably ignorant, too.

Green Mtn. nBoy

@ Not so proud American Fudd Mike. “you idiots think it is ok for that guy/woman to buy a gun with no background check or training? ARE YOU SERIOUS?” I’m going to comment one just one item from your rant against the second amendment as written . The very thing you decry,has been and up untill the Brady check and is taking place in Vermont since 1791 . Zero training requirement for any Tom,Dick or Harriet,up and down the lane and dell to carry a arm concealed or open,carriers choice,isn’t Freedom and Liberty grand. Just in case you might Feel… Read more »


mike you make a dozen factually and objectively incorrect statements and then construct your strawmam and red herring arguments from there. I pity you EG: .1. FYI I assume most gun owners are hunters, why would you not care about the environment? FACT; Less than 10% of US gun owners hunt. 2. Your claim: The biggest problem that we as gun loving people have is denying that there is a gun problem in this country. Gun laws do nothing to stop criminals and never will, If we want to keep our guns though WE need to admit that GUNS KILL… Read more »


These same people champion bringing an end to (imaginary) anthropogenic global warming by a total ban on fossil fuels.

Wild Bill

If you want more people control in the disguise of “Gun Control”, then vote democrat. If you want more people control in the disguise of “Tax the Rich” then vote democrat. If you want more people control in the disguise of “reasonable agency regulations” then vote democrat.

Green Mtn. nBoy

That will often happen when facts do not line up with the agenda one is left with fabrications aka creative math.