From: NRA ILA State and Local
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: More Misleading Firearm Information from Bloomberg
Date: Thu Feb 27 14:29:04 MST 2014


Dear State Legislator,

It isn’t surprising that when you see Michael Bloomberg’s name it is attached to incorrect and misleading anti-gun information.  Please take a moment to read John Lott’s article entitled Bloomberg’s latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality which dispels the findings in the joint report recently released by anti-gun extremist Michael Bloomberg’s two organizations, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”  Below is an excerpt from this February 17 article: 

Look at some of the cases included in their misleading statistics:


But their misleading information doesn’t stop there.  John Lott also addresses the deceiving information that John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health released relating to the repeal of Missouri’s background check law.  Please take a moment to read Mr. Lott’s article entitled Opinion: Media cherry picks Missouri gun data to make misleading care for more control.  Below is an excerpt from this February 21 article:

But there are other reasons not to accept the conclusion touted by the press.
  • There are currently 17 states with these background check laws, down from a peak of 19 states. Missouri is just one of them.
  • If you are going to insist on looking at just one state, Missouri adopted the law in 1981 and rescinded it in 2007. Why not test if the murder rate fell after 1981 and whether it increased after 2007?
  • Why only look at just the murder rate for this one state? Why not the overall violent crime or robbery rates?
Also on this same disinformation, please read John Lott’s article entitled What does Missouri show about the benefits from universal background checks?” Nothing really. on the Crime Prevention Research Center website.  Here is an excerpt from this February 18 article:
  • Bottom line: There are a lot of problems with how the tests here are conducted, particularly cherry picking one state when many states have these laws, but even if one accepts the way all those decisions were made, the change in murder rates don’t change what people think that they do. The results are more complicated than simply looking at what the average murder rate before and after rescinding the Missouri law. While it is true that the murder rates in Missouri rose 17 percent relative to the rest of the US after the law was changed, it had actually increased by 32 percent during the five years prior to the change. The question is why the Missouri murder rate was increasing relative to the rest of the US at a slower rate after the change in the law than it did prior to it. The period 1999 to 2012 is picked because that is the period of time examined in Webster’s study. The data is Missouri is available here and for the US here.  The US data was net of the numbers for Missouri. 
Bottom Line: When you read something about firearms and the name Michael Bloomberg is attached, then you had better look into it further, because you are not getting the facts from him or any of his misleading organizations.

If you have any questions regarding this or any firearm- and hunting-related issue, please contact your NRA State Liaison at State& or 703-267-1240.

Charles H. Cunningham
Charles H. Cunningham
Director of State and Local Affairs

National Rifle Association




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