During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) said that Republican-controlled areas are most plagued by mass shootings compared to blue cities like Chicago, said Megan, dean of the Yale School of Public Health. He objected to Mr. Ranney’s claims.
“For gun control extremists to label firearm ownership a ‘public health crisis’ is an old and well-worn concept,” NRA spokesperson Billy McLaughlin told Fox News Digital.
“The goal is to dismantle Second Amendment rights through concerted action between the government and the gun lobby,” McLaughlin said. “This tactic was fully exposed by Dr. Megan Ranney’s testimony before Congress.”
McLaughlin had ties to Ranney, whom he called a “known gun control extremist.” mothers demand actiona progressive grassroots group that advocates for stricter gun laws and a federal assault weapons ban.
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“She has supported banning commonly owned semi-automatic rifles since 2013 and has consistently attacked the NRA,” McLaughlin said. “This pattern of behavior by activists demonstrates a concerted effort to reframe the gun ownership debate in public health terms to effectively crush the Second Amendment.”
Republican Sens. John Kennedy and Lunney sparred last week during a hearing for a committee investigating gun violence as a “public health crisis.”
When asked by President Kennedy why Chicago’s shooting rate is so high, Ranney claimed that Mississippi, Louisiana and Missouri “actually have higher gun death rates.”
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The exchange sparked a backlash from conservatives on social media, who noted that Chicago’s “gun homicide” rate per 100,000 people is much higher than those states. Still others took issue with Ranney’s seemingly random selection of three red states, noting that crime statistics are most useful at the local level, where crime is dealt with.
When Kennedy asked about Chicago’s gun violence rate, Ranney said, “It’s the environmental conditions, the easy access to guns, and the lack of education.”
“In fact, research shows that greening vacant lots and restoring abandoned buildings in urban neighborhoods not only reduces shootings and violence, but also reduces stress and depression in the surrounding community.” she said.
But Ms McLaughlin said her claims were “misleading” because they “rely on mixing up data from different age groups to create a disturbing narrative”.
“This statistical manipulation is a key part of their exhausted strategy to strengthen the case for restrictive gun control measures,” he said.
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Since 2019, Chicago’s gun homicide rate has ranged from 25 to 29 per 100,000 people, according to data reviewed by Fox News Digital. In 2019, Louisiana, Missouri, and Mississippi had 12.5, 9.3, and 13 gun homicides per 100,000 people, respectively.
A recent report from the Heritage Foundation found that since 2002, “blue counties” run by Democrats have had higher murder rates than “red counties,” and that California Gov. Gavin Newsom and It contradicts popular arguments advanced by prominent liberals. Billionaire George Soros.
FOX News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.