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Most would agree that in order to do a job correctly, you would no doubt make it a point to familiarize yourself with that job, if you were an account you would study and become well versed in calculus, and other mathematical methodologies that would enhance you’re expertise and knowledge.

The same holds true if you’re a TV news host, in that at the very least you would do a quick study of the subject-matter you’re about to introduce.

Rather then to simply discredit the subject-matter regardless of the facts, and that’s what obviously took place with CNN host Carol Costello on a segment of “CNN Newsroom,” when she invited Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), to speak about the controversial issues of gun control.

During the spirited interview Costello referenced data from the Centers for Disease Control, saying: “more than 33,000 people die from firearms every single year.”

She then doubled down asking Pratt “Isn’t that too many?”

Pratt immediately responded, attempting to set the record straight: “Well, what you failed to point out, Carol, is that the CDC also–pursuant to President Obama issuing a decree to have them study this issue–they found that anywhere from 500,000 to three million times a year, guns are being used in self-defense. So that means for every negative tragic use of a firearm…”

Costello in typical progressive form cut Pratt off and attempted to change the subject that she herself introduced, claiming that the CDC isn’t allowed to do research on guns.

Pratt unlike CNN came to the interview well prepared citing a 2013 CDC Study, along with an article from Slate, regarding the study.

The report referenced that 61% of firearm fatalities are the results of suicides, and that firearms are indeed quite effective in preventing assaults and in self-defense, moreover mass-shootings like Sandy Hook “accounted for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”



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