Former President Barack Obama responded to the Nashville Christian school shooting by falsely claiming that “guns are the number one killer of children.”
The false claim has been repeated many times by those on the left.
Last week, actor Billy Porter made the same false claim as Obama during an appearance on ABC’s The View, saying, “the leading cause of death in children are guns” during an appearance on ABC’s The View.
Porter’s claim, which Obama repeated, has been regurgitated widely by leftists and non-fact-checking moderates throughout 2022 following a CDC study claiming guns were the number one killer of children.
Even Fox News ran a story with the same claim, titled, “Guns now the leading cause of death for US children, per CDC.”
The article noted that firearm-related deaths of people ages 0-19 totaled 4,368 in 2020 – as per CDC figures, while vehicle deaths for the same age totaled 4,036.
President Joe Biden reacted to the CDC figures last year, claiming, “Guns are the number one killer of children.”
But according to Breitbart News, the only way to make the claim work is to count 18 and 19-year-olds as children.
As the report notes:
But if one does a custom search on the CDC website to adjust the category of children to include only those aged 0-17, only those below voting and military age, then the outcome completely flips.
One sees that the number of firearm-related deaths for children aged 0-17 was 2,281 in 2020, while the number of motor vehicle deaths for the same ages was 2,503.
Another important point to note is that the false parameters — treating 18 and 19-year-olds as children for the benefit of boosting reportable gun death numbers — actually works against the left. That is because CDC numbers for children ages 0-19 show that individuals are 27 times more likely to die in an accidental car death instead of an accidental gun death.
The news comes on the heels of the horrific Christian school shooting, which saw a 28-year-old transgender person identifying slay three children aged nine and three adults.
Police killed Audrey Elizabeth Hale after a confrontation with officers.
Hale also had a manifesto and detailed maps of the school.
Police chief John Drake said: “We have a manifesto. We have some writings that we’re going over that pertain to this day, the actual incident. We have a map drawn out about how this was all going to take place.”