“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Mark Twain is credited with the phrase that always applies to politics, but has a special meaning for Hillary Clinton when she offers opinions and policies about the Second Amendment.

It seems that Hillary Clinton just can’t seem to help herself when it comes to misrepresenting the cold, hard facts about guns in order to sell her proposals to eviscerate the constitutionally protected right of American citizens to bear arms.

When the monthly newsletter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) asked Hillary Clinton, “What would you do to address terrorism?” it did so merely to provide the Democrat presidential candidate a free opportunity to air her standard pitch for more gun control.

Clinton first tries to move the question from terrorism – the premeditated use or threatened use of violence to create terror for the purpose of furthering a political, religious, or ideological aim – by adding it to the big, broad category of violence to put it on an equal par with road rage, domestic violence and bar fights.

After offering a few simple, soothing and meaningless words, “…these are legitimate fears… people are rightly concerned about violence… we have to keep America safe,” Clinton shifts to the real target of her plan: gun control.

Less than 50 days before the election, Clinton remains unable to explain how any of her proposals, most of which are already in place, would have deterred the Muslim couple in San Bernardino who left behind an infant to commit jihad at an office holiday party, or keep the Chelsea neighborhood, the finish line at the Boston Marathon or the dance floor at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando safe from terrorists.

So Clinton reverts to one of her favorite tactics – misstating a critical fact.

While claiming, “gun violence kills 33,000 Americans a year,” Clinton conveniently neglects to mention that of that number, 66 percent, nearly 22,000 are suicides, not murders.

Accounting for accidental deaths that number less than one thousand, the real number of homicides by guns is just over 11,000.

That, of course, is too many – especially with such a high percentage of those occurring in Hillary’s hometown, Chicago, but that is something candidate Clinton does not want to talk about.

Instead, she’ll continue to twist the statistics into damned lies.



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