Barack Obama: incorrect on both counts

Less than 3 minute read

August 14, 2019

This is a must-read article if you ever find yourself faced with someone pressing the liberal cliché that (as former President Barack Obama put it in a recent statement) “no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do.”

 

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, he’s incorrect on both counts (or as liberals would say if he were Trump, “He’s LYYYYING!!!!”)

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/america-isnt-world-leader-mass-shootings-france-finland-switzerland-worse/

 

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, “The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.”

 

A study of 97 nations that suffered measurable incidents of mass shootings found that between 1998 and 2015, the US ranked 64th in per capita frequency of mass shootings and 65th in the murder rate.  As you might expect, the worst were nations notorious for violence and unrest, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  But the US also came in below nations often cited as liberal utopias, such as Norway, Finland, France, and Switzerland. Incidentally, the first three of those four nations have very strict gun laws while it’s easy to get a gun in Switzerland, but they all outranked the US in mass shootings, showing that gun laws have little effect either way.

 

In addition, the US’s share of mass shootings declined over that time, while the rate of increase in mass shootings in the other 96 nations as a bloc was over twice as high as ours.  I’m sure people will point to the recent spate of shootings to claim there has been a huge jump since 2015, which would be easy to believe because of all the media coverage.  But in fact, in all of 2019, there have been a total of 62 deaths in the US from mass shootings.  The mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, alone killed 51. 

 

None of this is meant to downplay the seriousness of the problem or the tragedy of the deaths and injuries.  As the linked article notes, one senseless death is too many.  Instead of pointing fingers and laying blame, we should all be talking and working together to find ways to prevent this from happening ever again. 

 

But it doesn’t help the situation to libel America as a violent, gun-crazed wasteland where mass shootings are happening on every corner.  The first step to solving a problem is to identify the problem accurately, not mischaracterize it just so you can apply your favorite one-size-fits-all “solution” (more gun control laws) that hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried. 

 

And yes, I know that many people point to Japan, which has very strict gun laws and almost no gun deaths.  But that glosses over both the Japanese culture factor and the fact that eliminating guns did not eliminate deadly mass attacks.  In 2016, 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara.  Last May, two people were killed and 16 injured (including over a dozen school children) in a knife attack at a bus stop in Kawasaki. 

 

It all points to a sad but inescapable conclusion: you can’t fight evil acts by banning the tools people use to perpetrate evil acts, because they’ll always find new tools or ways around the laws.  You have to identify the real problem: addressing the evil.  

 

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  • Kevin J Cook

    08/15/2019 04:57 AM

    Hussein never let facts get in the way of his racist Muslim hate America feelings

  • Phil Stocks

    08/15/2019 01:35 AM

    Dick Morris is quoting a study of mass shootings between the years 1981 and 2017.
    The study was done by New York University School of Medicine.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30188421
    The study claims that mass shootings, during the Clinton assault rifle ban (1994-2004), were down 70% from the years it was not enforce.
    All the studies I have seen before, stated the Clinton ban on assault rifles had little to no effect on mass shootings.
    What gives?
    Little to no effect to now 70% reduction in mass shootings.
    Somethings screwy in Denmark!
    Have these "doctors" somehow twisted the statistics?
    Can someone please get to the bottom of this so the truth can be known.
    This study is just what the liberal, anti-gun folks need to fuel the fires of gun control.
    Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

  • Martin Ebel

    08/14/2019 11:57 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    i read with interest your piece on "Barack ObamaI think wrong on both accounts". I think one could not have put it any better than you have. Presently I live in Australia where we have very strict gun laws, There is not a day where there isn't someone being shot and killed by with a gun,
    Just a couple of days ago a young man, using a butcher knife killed one person and seriously wounded another person in Sydney while being on a rampage attempting to kill even more using a knife. As you have put it, we need to address the evil, rather than trying to ban the tools used by those committing these evil acts. As a society we need to re-evaluate our morals or lack thereof and see why people would want to commit these evils, rather than banning the tools the use, otherwise we will end up eventually banning every conceivable item that could be used to kill someone like knifes, forks, baseball bats and so forth. Keep up the good work!!! (just wish you had replied to some of my previous emails-posts regarding a personal issue) God Bless

  • Pam McAllister

    08/14/2019 09:44 PM

    Thank you for this information!

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/14/2019 09:33 PM

    Of course the obama person would say this--do you not know his agenda???

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/14/2019 09:29 PM

    You are exactly right in this assessment--what did the 911 perpetrators use???? --knives/bic pens---unsure why the dems are not advocating confiscation of these tools?--after all, those terrorists killed > 3000 US citizens. I guess those lives don't matter because a gun wasn't used----

  • Katherine Stoll

    08/14/2019 09:15 PM

    The result of moral decay, no personal responsibility taught and a generation of “no consequence for bad behavior”. The destruction of community, whether religious or social have produced a generation of lonely, empty souls.

  • Emil Deliberto

    08/14/2019 07:52 PM

    Governor I am retired NYPD Sergeant (Supervisor of Detectives). I don’t really have a solution just a couple of comments. The first problem with the Dems is they want more laws and possibly really restricting access of guns to Law abiding citizens like myself. This does not matter to someone that is going out with the intent to kill and maim. The second is that the dems are partly to blame, because they are the party that decided to reward women by paying them to have children. Then they kicked the father out of the household. The more children the bigger the checks. All without the benefit of two parents to keep the children in line.

  • Lyn Raiins

    08/14/2019 07:15 PM

    Does anyone care what fraud BHO has to say?

  • Tommie Houser

    08/14/2019 07:06 PM

    2009 Did Obama get blamed for 13 troops shot at Ft. Hood ?
    2012 Did Obama get blamed for Sandy Hook ?
    2013 Did Obama get blamed for The Boston Marathon Bombers ?
    2015 Did Obama get blamed for The San Bernardino Massacre ?
    2016 Did Obama get blamed for The Killing of 5 police officers in Dallas ?
    2016 Did Obama get blamed for The Fort Lauderdale Airport Killings ?
    Fast and Furious was a Tragedy.
    Benghazi Was a Tragedy.
    ObamaCare was a Tragedy. If you like your Doctor ,you can keep your Doctor
    And will get back $2,500.00
    We shall see how Fundamentally Transforming America , Open Borders,
    Sanctuary Cities, Drugs And 600,00 Overdoses and Death And Putting Illegals Before The Voters And The COUP against Citizens and The
    United States of America Goes for The Democrats and America. I believe
    Gods Intervention to The Democrats Destroying America Is Donald Trump ;
    And He is President of The United States Of America...

  • beverly eriks

    08/14/2019 06:52 PM

    There were more murders in Obama's back yard, Chicago, than Dayton and El Paso put togeher. But I guess those folks don't count. Looks like there are more murderers in Chicago, too.

  • R. Saffell

    08/14/2019 05:49 PM

    This article is the truth. BUT....here's the problem. Most people in America *Know this. Most people want to have a voice. Most people really *believe that "electing people to government" will solve all our problems. But does that ever happen? No. The problems only get worse....and worse. We elect people to "represent" us. But they do NOT. They go to Washington and represent THEIR ideologies. Mr Trump is the ONLY one....save for a very FEW others....in Washington that really care about what the People want. America is in more trouble now than ever. The Democrats …. traitors to America.....are tearing our Nation apart. And the People do not even get to refute their lies. We are immediately stopped from commenting everywhere. Even on FOX NEWS....people can no longer comment. So what are we as Americans to do? What can be done other than PRAY for the Rapture ? Very few people will stand up and resist. The People in Hong Kong resist the lies of the government there. We don't. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    08/14/2019 05:45 PM

    MORE DATA is need for comparisons, e.g. how many killed w/assault rifle vs. other guns? How is "mass" defined? How many total shot were by "assault rifle"? Motive categories of shooters? How many assaults of various types were PREVENTED by someone with a gun?

  • Doug Heilman

    08/14/2019 05:38 PM

    Just a quick comment that I tried to see the other day. I found that there is a "Huckabee's on the Veitnam wall. Any relation to you?

  • Gaye Haehnel

    08/14/2019 05:37 PM

    Thank you for these statics they speak of end times prophecy and probably one that is overlooked, Matthew 24:12-13 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

  • Dennis L Cook

    08/14/2019 05:22 PM

    If Iam so angry or disturbed that my only solution is killing a bunch of people, I would find the largest crowd possible and drive my truck into it.

  • James Huffman

    08/14/2019 05:00 PM

    Thanks for some sanity on this terrible subject.

  • Maryanne Kelly Hand

    08/14/2019 04:48 PM

    You are ansolutely correct. Evil finds its way. Taking away our rights of good people will not elimate those that are evil

  • Daniel Alvies

    08/14/2019 04:32 PM

    If the nation turned to God deaths from this un believing people would stop.

  • Joseph

    08/14/2019 04:27 PM

    This and the fact that so many of the mainstream media's have been caught lying and distorting facts and the outrageous rhetoric of the democrat candidates themselves it is very hard to believe anything anybody on the left has to say.

  • Doug Morgan

    08/14/2019 04:12 PM

    It doesn't matter what the democrats say or do, they pay no penalty. Just read that the democrat senators are threatening to restructure the SCOTUS if they do not get in line with Gun Control! If the democrat senators (that are the minority in the Senate) can threaten the Supreme Court, why can't the republicans (that ARE the majority in the Senate) threaten these pip-squeak judges that overrule the president on virtually all of his decisions? As we've said before, the republicans need to get a spine and do their job.

  • Carl Smith

    08/14/2019 04:08 PM

    A more meaningful comparison would be between the so called Mass shootings and the number of times a gun was used to Stop a crime ( No Statistics kept, it doesn't contribute to the Progressives move to end the Republic and are NOT advertised) There are statistics when the Police are called to gather facts from a home shooting to possibly prosecute the shooter. I would be interested in seeing State by State comparison for Legal carry vs. laws outlawing self protection. Then Next year we can use Knife and Hammer killings compared to gun killings.

  • Jack Pasch

    08/14/2019 04:06 PM

    I am reading a book and it states 38% of the people in US believes in life after death. Satin is working overtime to convince people this is true. Evil people who follow Satin will continue to kill people.
    People need to turn to Jesus Christ and the churches need to evangelize their communities. Churches have failed us and this is why we see so many tragedies.

  • Mario Driggs

    08/14/2019 03:33 PM

    Hi Rev. Huckabee,

    America needs you Mike to bring back honesty and respect to the presidency and the Republican Party. My family and I are life long Democrats who would register Republican just to vote for you in Pa in 2020 Republican Primary Election. Should you run as an independent in the general election, please note that we will vote for you.
    I apologize for sending my message to you through this venue but I simply assumed that you would get it this way.

    Mario Driggs

  • Sammi Hammers

    08/14/2019 03:29 PM

    Do any other nations on Earth have "Gun Free Zones"?

Barack Obama: incorrect on both counts

Less than 3 minute read

August 14, 2019

This is a must-read article if you ever find yourself faced with someone pressing the liberal cliché that (as former President Barack Obama put it in a recent statement) “no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do.”

 

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, he’s incorrect on both counts (or as liberals would say if he were Trump, “He’s LYYYYING!!!!”)

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/america-isnt-world-leader-mass-shootings-france-finland-switzerland-worse/

 

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, “The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.”

 

A study of 97 nations that suffered measurable incidents of mass shootings found that between 1998 and 2015, the US ranked 64th in per capita frequency of mass shootings and 65th in the murder rate.  As you might expect, the worst were nations notorious for violence and unrest, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  But the US also came in below nations often cited as liberal utopias, such as Norway, Finland, France, and Switzerland. Incidentally, the first three of those four nations have very strict gun laws while it’s easy to get a gun in Switzerland, but they all outranked the US in mass shootings, showing that gun laws have little effect either way.

 

In addition, the US’s share of mass shootings declined over that time, while the rate of increase in mass shootings in the other 96 nations as a bloc was over twice as high as ours.  I’m sure people will point to the recent spate of shootings to claim there has been a huge jump since 2015, which would be easy to believe because of all the media coverage.  But in fact, in all of 2019, there have been a total of 62 deaths in the US from mass shootings.  The mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, alone killed 51. 

 

None of this is meant to downplay the seriousness of the problem or the tragedy of the deaths and injuries.  As the linked article notes, one senseless death is too many.  Instead of pointing fingers and laying blame, we should all be talking and working together to find ways to prevent this from happening ever again. 

 

But it doesn’t help the situation to libel America as a violent, gun-crazed wasteland where mass shootings are happening on every corner.  The first step to solving a problem is to identify the problem accurately, not mischaracterize it just so you can apply your favorite one-size-fits-all “solution” (more gun control laws) that hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried. 

 

And yes, I know that many people point to Japan, which has very strict gun laws and almost no gun deaths.  But that glosses over both the Japanese culture factor and the fact that eliminating guns did not eliminate deadly mass attacks.  In 2016, 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara.  Last May, two people were killed and 16 injured (including over a dozen school children) in a knife attack at a bus stop in Kawasaki. 

 

It all points to a sad but inescapable conclusion: you can’t fight evil acts by banning the tools people use to perpetrate evil acts, because they’ll always find new tools or ways around the laws.  You have to identify the real problem: addressing the evil.  

 

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  • Kevin J Cook

    08/15/2019 04:57 AM

    Hussein never let facts get in the way of his racist Muslim hate America feelings

  • Phil Stocks

    08/15/2019 01:35 AM

    Dick Morris is quoting a study of mass shootings between the years 1981 and 2017.
    The study was done by New York University School of Medicine.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30188421
    The study claims that mass shootings, during the Clinton assault rifle ban (1994-2004), were down 70% from the years it was not enforce.
    All the studies I have seen before, stated the Clinton ban on assault rifles had little to no effect on mass shootings.
    What gives?
    Little to no effect to now 70% reduction in mass shootings.
    Somethings screwy in Denmark!
    Have these "doctors" somehow twisted the statistics?
    Can someone please get to the bottom of this so the truth can be known.
    This study is just what the liberal, anti-gun folks need to fuel the fires of gun control.
    Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

  • Martin Ebel

    08/14/2019 11:57 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    i read with interest your piece on "Barack ObamaI think wrong on both accounts". I think one could not have put it any better than you have. Presently I live in Australia where we have very strict gun laws, There is not a day where there isn't someone being shot and killed by with a gun,
    Just a couple of days ago a young man, using a butcher knife killed one person and seriously wounded another person in Sydney while being on a rampage attempting to kill even more using a knife. As you have put it, we need to address the evil, rather than trying to ban the tools used by those committing these evil acts. As a society we need to re-evaluate our morals or lack thereof and see why people would want to commit these evils, rather than banning the tools the use, otherwise we will end up eventually banning every conceivable item that could be used to kill someone like knifes, forks, baseball bats and so forth. Keep up the good work!!! (just wish you had replied to some of my previous emails-posts regarding a personal issue) God Bless

  • Pam McAllister

    08/14/2019 09:44 PM

    Thank you for this information!

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/14/2019 09:33 PM

    Of course the obama person would say this--do you not know his agenda???

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/14/2019 09:29 PM

    You are exactly right in this assessment--what did the 911 perpetrators use???? --knives/bic pens---unsure why the dems are not advocating confiscation of these tools?--after all, those terrorists killed > 3000 US citizens. I guess those lives don't matter because a gun wasn't used----

  • Katherine Stoll

    08/14/2019 09:15 PM

    The result of moral decay, no personal responsibility taught and a generation of “no consequence for bad behavior”. The destruction of community, whether religious or social have produced a generation of lonely, empty souls.

  • Emil Deliberto

    08/14/2019 07:52 PM

    Governor I am retired NYPD Sergeant (Supervisor of Detectives). I don’t really have a solution just a couple of comments. The first problem with the Dems is they want more laws and possibly really restricting access of guns to Law abiding citizens like myself. This does not matter to someone that is going out with the intent to kill and maim. The second is that the dems are partly to blame, because they are the party that decided to reward women by paying them to have children. Then they kicked the father out of the household. The more children the bigger the checks. All without the benefit of two parents to keep the children in line.

  • Lyn Raiins

    08/14/2019 07:15 PM

    Does anyone care what fraud BHO has to say?

  • Tommie Houser

    08/14/2019 07:06 PM

    2009 Did Obama get blamed for 13 troops shot at Ft. Hood ?
    2012 Did Obama get blamed for Sandy Hook ?
    2013 Did Obama get blamed for The Boston Marathon Bombers ?
    2015 Did Obama get blamed for The San Bernardino Massacre ?
    2016 Did Obama get blamed for The Killing of 5 police officers in Dallas ?
    2016 Did Obama get blamed for The Fort Lauderdale Airport Killings ?
    Fast and Furious was a Tragedy.
    Benghazi Was a Tragedy.
    ObamaCare was a Tragedy. If you like your Doctor ,you can keep your Doctor
    And will get back $2,500.00
    We shall see how Fundamentally Transforming America , Open Borders,
    Sanctuary Cities, Drugs And 600,00 Overdoses and Death And Putting Illegals Before The Voters And The COUP against Citizens and The
    United States of America Goes for The Democrats and America. I believe
    Gods Intervention to The Democrats Destroying America Is Donald Trump ;
    And He is President of The United States Of America...

  • beverly eriks

    08/14/2019 06:52 PM

    There were more murders in Obama's back yard, Chicago, than Dayton and El Paso put togeher. But I guess those folks don't count. Looks like there are more murderers in Chicago, too.

  • R. Saffell

    08/14/2019 05:49 PM

    This article is the truth. BUT....here's the problem. Most people in America *Know this. Most people want to have a voice. Most people really *believe that "electing people to government" will solve all our problems. But does that ever happen? No. The problems only get worse....and worse. We elect people to "represent" us. But they do NOT. They go to Washington and represent THEIR ideologies. Mr Trump is the ONLY one....save for a very FEW others....in Washington that really care about what the People want. America is in more trouble now than ever. The Democrats …. traitors to America.....are tearing our Nation apart. And the People do not even get to refute their lies. We are immediately stopped from commenting everywhere. Even on FOX NEWS....people can no longer comment. So what are we as Americans to do? What can be done other than PRAY for the Rapture ? Very few people will stand up and resist. The People in Hong Kong resist the lies of the government there. We don't. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    08/14/2019 05:45 PM

    MORE DATA is need for comparisons, e.g. how many killed w/assault rifle vs. other guns? How is "mass" defined? How many total shot were by "assault rifle"? Motive categories of shooters? How many assaults of various types were PREVENTED by someone with a gun?

  • Doug Heilman

    08/14/2019 05:38 PM

    Just a quick comment that I tried to see the other day. I found that there is a "Huckabee's on the Veitnam wall. Any relation to you?

  • Gaye Haehnel

    08/14/2019 05:37 PM

    Thank you for these statics they speak of end times prophecy and probably one that is overlooked, Matthew 24:12-13 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

  • Dennis L Cook

    08/14/2019 05:22 PM

    If Iam so angry or disturbed that my only solution is killing a bunch of people, I would find the largest crowd possible and drive my truck into it.

  • James Huffman

    08/14/2019 05:00 PM

    Thanks for some sanity on this terrible subject.

  • Maryanne Kelly Hand

    08/14/2019 04:48 PM

    You are ansolutely correct. Evil finds its way. Taking away our rights of good people will not elimate those that are evil

  • Daniel Alvies

    08/14/2019 04:32 PM

    If the nation turned to God deaths from this un believing people would stop.

  • Joseph

    08/14/2019 04:27 PM

    This and the fact that so many of the mainstream media's have been caught lying and distorting facts and the outrageous rhetoric of the democrat candidates themselves it is very hard to believe anything anybody on the left has to say.

  • Doug Morgan

    08/14/2019 04:12 PM

    It doesn't matter what the democrats say or do, they pay no penalty. Just read that the democrat senators are threatening to restructure the SCOTUS if they do not get in line with Gun Control! If the democrat senators (that are the minority in the Senate) can threaten the Supreme Court, why can't the republicans (that ARE the majority in the Senate) threaten these pip-squeak judges that overrule the president on virtually all of his decisions? As we've said before, the republicans need to get a spine and do their job.

  • Carl Smith

    08/14/2019 04:08 PM

    A more meaningful comparison would be between the so called Mass shootings and the number of times a gun was used to Stop a crime ( No Statistics kept, it doesn't contribute to the Progressives move to end the Republic and are NOT advertised) There are statistics when the Police are called to gather facts from a home shooting to possibly prosecute the shooter. I would be interested in seeing State by State comparison for Legal carry vs. laws outlawing self protection. Then Next year we can use Knife and Hammer killings compared to gun killings.

  • Jack Pasch

    08/14/2019 04:06 PM

    I am reading a book and it states 38% of the people in US believes in life after death. Satin is working overtime to convince people this is true. Evil people who follow Satin will continue to kill people.
    People need to turn to Jesus Christ and the churches need to evangelize their communities. Churches have failed us and this is why we see so many tragedies.

  • Mario Driggs

    08/14/2019 03:33 PM

    Hi Rev. Huckabee,

    America needs you Mike to bring back honesty and respect to the presidency and the Republican Party. My family and I are life long Democrats who would register Republican just to vote for you in Pa in 2020 Republican Primary Election. Should you run as an independent in the general election, please note that we will vote for you.
    I apologize for sending my message to you through this venue but I simply assumed that you would get it this way.

    Mario Driggs

  • Sammi Hammers

    08/14/2019 03:29 PM

    Do any other nations on Earth have "Gun Free Zones"?

Barack Obama: incorrect on both counts

Less than 3 minute read

August 14, 2019

This is a must-read article if you ever find yourself faced with someone pressing the liberal cliché that (as former President Barack Obama put it in a recent statement) “no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do.”

 

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, he’s incorrect on both counts (or as liberals would say if he were Trump, “He’s LYYYYING!!!!”)

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/america-isnt-world-leader-mass-shootings-france-finland-switzerland-worse/

 

According to the Crime Prevention Research Institute, “The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.”

 

A study of 97 nations that suffered measurable incidents of mass shootings found that between 1998 and 2015, the US ranked 64th in per capita frequency of mass shootings and 65th in the murder rate.  As you might expect, the worst were nations notorious for violence and unrest, such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  But the US also came in below nations often cited as liberal utopias, such as Norway, Finland, France, and Switzerland. Incidentally, the first three of those four nations have very strict gun laws while it’s easy to get a gun in Switzerland, but they all outranked the US in mass shootings, showing that gun laws have little effect either way.

 

In addition, the US’s share of mass shootings declined over that time, while the rate of increase in mass shootings in the other 96 nations as a bloc was over twice as high as ours.  I’m sure people will point to the recent spate of shootings to claim there has been a huge jump since 2015, which would be easy to believe because of all the media coverage.  But in fact, in all of 2019, there have been a total of 62 deaths in the US from mass shootings.  The mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, alone killed 51. 

 

None of this is meant to downplay the seriousness of the problem or the tragedy of the deaths and injuries.  As the linked article notes, one senseless death is too many.  Instead of pointing fingers and laying blame, we should all be talking and working together to find ways to prevent this from happening ever again. 

 

But it doesn’t help the situation to libel America as a violent, gun-crazed wasteland where mass shootings are happening on every corner.  The first step to solving a problem is to identify the problem accurately, not mischaracterize it just so you can apply your favorite one-size-fits-all “solution” (more gun control laws) that hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried. 

 

And yes, I know that many people point to Japan, which has very strict gun laws and almost no gun deaths.  But that glosses over both the Japanese culture factor and the fact that eliminating guns did not eliminate deadly mass attacks.  In 2016, 19 people were killed and 26 injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara.  Last May, two people were killed and 16 injured (including over a dozen school children) in a knife attack at a bus stop in Kawasaki. 

 

It all points to a sad but inescapable conclusion: you can’t fight evil acts by banning the tools people use to perpetrate evil acts, because they’ll always find new tools or ways around the laws.  You have to identify the real problem: addressing the evil.  

 

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  • Kevin J Cook

    08/15/2019 04:57 AM

    Hussein never let facts get in the way of his racist Muslim hate America feelings

  • Phil Stocks

    08/15/2019 01:35 AM

    Dick Morris is quoting a study of mass shootings between the years 1981 and 2017.
    The study was done by New York University School of Medicine.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30188421
    The study claims that mass shootings, during the Clinton assault rifle ban (1994-2004), were down 70% from the years it was not enforce.
    All the studies I have seen before, stated the Clinton ban on assault rifles had little to no effect on mass shootings.
    What gives?
    Little to no effect to now 70% reduction in mass shootings.
    Somethings screwy in Denmark!
    Have these "doctors" somehow twisted the statistics?
    Can someone please get to the bottom of this so the truth can be known.
    This study is just what the liberal, anti-gun folks need to fuel the fires of gun control.
    Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

  • Martin Ebel

    08/14/2019 11:57 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,

    i read with interest your piece on "Barack ObamaI think wrong on both accounts". I think one could not have put it any better than you have. Presently I live in Australia where we have very strict gun laws, There is not a day where there isn't someone being shot and killed by with a gun,
    Just a couple of days ago a young man, using a butcher knife killed one person and seriously wounded another person in Sydney while being on a rampage attempting to kill even more using a knife. As you have put it, we need to address the evil, rather than trying to ban the tools used by those committing these evil acts. As a society we need to re-evaluate our morals or lack thereof and see why people would want to commit these evils, rather than banning the tools the use, otherwise we will end up eventually banning every conceivable item that could be used to kill someone like knifes, forks, baseball bats and so forth. Keep up the good work!!! (just wish you had replied to some of my previous emails-posts regarding a personal issue) God Bless

  • Pam McAllister

    08/14/2019 09:44 PM

    Thank you for this information!

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/14/2019 09:33 PM

    Of course the obama person would say this--do you not know his agenda???

  • Gary Stilwell

    08/14/2019 09:29 PM

    You are exactly right in this assessment--what did the 911 perpetrators use???? --knives/bic pens---unsure why the dems are not advocating confiscation of these tools?--after all, those terrorists killed > 3000 US citizens. I guess those lives don't matter because a gun wasn't used----

  • Katherine Stoll

    08/14/2019 09:15 PM

    The result of moral decay, no personal responsibility taught and a generation of “no consequence for bad behavior”. The destruction of community, whether religious or social have produced a generation of lonely, empty souls.

  • Emil Deliberto

    08/14/2019 07:52 PM

    Governor I am retired NYPD Sergeant (Supervisor of Detectives). I don’t really have a solution just a couple of comments. The first problem with the Dems is they want more laws and possibly really restricting access of guns to Law abiding citizens like myself. This does not matter to someone that is going out with the intent to kill and maim. The second is that the dems are partly to blame, because they are the party that decided to reward women by paying them to have children. Then they kicked the father out of the household. The more children the bigger the checks. All without the benefit of two parents to keep the children in line.

  • Lyn Raiins

    08/14/2019 07:15 PM

    Does anyone care what fraud BHO has to say?

  • Tommie Houser

    08/14/2019 07:06 PM

    2009 Did Obama get blamed for 13 troops shot at Ft. Hood ?
    2012 Did Obama get blamed for Sandy Hook ?
    2013 Did Obama get blamed for The Boston Marathon Bombers ?
    2015 Did Obama get blamed for The San Bernardino Massacre ?
    2016 Did Obama get blamed for The Killing of 5 police officers in Dallas ?
    2016 Did Obama get blamed for The Fort Lauderdale Airport Killings ?
    Fast and Furious was a Tragedy.
    Benghazi Was a Tragedy.
    ObamaCare was a Tragedy. If you like your Doctor ,you can keep your Doctor
    And will get back $2,500.00
    We shall see how Fundamentally Transforming America , Open Borders,
    Sanctuary Cities, Drugs And 600,00 Overdoses and Death And Putting Illegals Before The Voters And The COUP against Citizens and The
    United States of America Goes for The Democrats and America. I believe
    Gods Intervention to The Democrats Destroying America Is Donald Trump ;
    And He is President of The United States Of America...

  • beverly eriks

    08/14/2019 06:52 PM

    There were more murders in Obama's back yard, Chicago, than Dayton and El Paso put togeher. But I guess those folks don't count. Looks like there are more murderers in Chicago, too.

  • R. Saffell

    08/14/2019 05:49 PM

    This article is the truth. BUT....here's the problem. Most people in America *Know this. Most people want to have a voice. Most people really *believe that "electing people to government" will solve all our problems. But does that ever happen? No. The problems only get worse....and worse. We elect people to "represent" us. But they do NOT. They go to Washington and represent THEIR ideologies. Mr Trump is the ONLY one....save for a very FEW others....in Washington that really care about what the People want. America is in more trouble now than ever. The Democrats …. traitors to America.....are tearing our Nation apart. And the People do not even get to refute their lies. We are immediately stopped from commenting everywhere. Even on FOX NEWS....people can no longer comment. So what are we as Americans to do? What can be done other than PRAY for the Rapture ? Very few people will stand up and resist. The People in Hong Kong resist the lies of the government there. We don't. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    08/14/2019 05:45 PM

    MORE DATA is need for comparisons, e.g. how many killed w/assault rifle vs. other guns? How is "mass" defined? How many total shot were by "assault rifle"? Motive categories of shooters? How many assaults of various types were PREVENTED by someone with a gun?

  • Doug Heilman

    08/14/2019 05:38 PM

    Just a quick comment that I tried to see the other day. I found that there is a "Huckabee's on the Veitnam wall. Any relation to you?

  • Gaye Haehnel

    08/14/2019 05:37 PM

    Thank you for these statics they speak of end times prophecy and probably one that is overlooked, Matthew 24:12-13 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

  • Dennis L Cook

    08/14/2019 05:22 PM

    If Iam so angry or disturbed that my only solution is killing a bunch of people, I would find the largest crowd possible and drive my truck into it.

  • James Huffman

    08/14/2019 05:00 PM

    Thanks for some sanity on this terrible subject.

  • Maryanne Kelly Hand

    08/14/2019 04:48 PM

    You are ansolutely correct. Evil finds its way. Taking away our rights of good people will not elimate those that are evil

  • Daniel Alvies

    08/14/2019 04:32 PM

    If the nation turned to God deaths from this un believing people would stop.

  • Joseph

    08/14/2019 04:27 PM

    This and the fact that so many of the mainstream media's have been caught lying and distorting facts and the outrageous rhetoric of the democrat candidates themselves it is very hard to believe anything anybody on the left has to say.

  • Doug Morgan

    08/14/2019 04:12 PM

    It doesn't matter what the democrats say or do, they pay no penalty. Just read that the democrat senators are threatening to restructure the SCOTUS if they do not get in line with Gun Control! If the democrat senators (that are the minority in the Senate) can threaten the Supreme Court, why can't the republicans (that ARE the majority in the Senate) threaten these pip-squeak judges that overrule the president on virtually all of his decisions? As we've said before, the republicans need to get a spine and do their job.

  • Carl Smith

    08/14/2019 04:08 PM

    A more meaningful comparison would be between the so called Mass shootings and the number of times a gun was used to Stop a crime ( No Statistics kept, it doesn't contribute to the Progressives move to end the Republic and are NOT advertised) There are statistics when the Police are called to gather facts from a home shooting to possibly prosecute the shooter. I would be interested in seeing State by State comparison for Legal carry vs. laws outlawing self protection. Then Next year we can use Knife and Hammer killings compared to gun killings.

  • Jack Pasch

    08/14/2019 04:06 PM

    I am reading a book and it states 38% of the people in US believes in life after death. Satin is working overtime to convince people this is true. Evil people who follow Satin will continue to kill people.
    People need to turn to Jesus Christ and the churches need to evangelize their communities. Churches have failed us and this is why we see so many tragedies.

  • Mario Driggs

    08/14/2019 03:33 PM

    Hi Rev. Huckabee,

    America needs you Mike to bring back honesty and respect to the presidency and the Republican Party. My family and I are life long Democrats who would register Republican just to vote for you in Pa in 2020 Republican Primary Election. Should you run as an independent in the general election, please note that we will vote for you.
    I apologize for sending my message to you through this venue but I simply assumed that you would get it this way.

    Mario Driggs

  • Sammi Hammers

    08/14/2019 03:29 PM

    Do any other nations on Earth have "Gun Free Zones"?