The last two years we’ve been subjected to all kinds of gnashing and wailing about the “War on Cops™” that was taking the lives of our peace officers. We were led to believe that the increase in “right wing extremism” was leading to the deaths of police in blazing gun battles with the brown shirted militia members even though it was pretty clear that the people who shoot cops are almost universally prior criminals, not Tea Partiers.
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In retrospect, those of us who were skeptical of the hysterical headlines look to have been correct. While January and February of last year saw a few unusual mass shootings of multiple police officers, those months appear to have been anomalies. Police deaths in the remaining months of 2011 were mostly on par with prior years.
So what about this year? Police officer deaths are down 48 percent from last year. Firearms deaths specifically are down 58 percent. And as the watchdog blog Clark County Criminal Cops points out, a significant number of the firearms deaths were actually cops who were shot by other cops.
We, as gun owners, don’t really notice it. We aren’t the ones out murdering cops. Anyone who is honest would be able to tell that within minutes of looking at the data. That just means that anyone who is saying something else is lying.
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