Gun News of the Week: Harvard Research Shows Mass Shootings Spur Ineffective, Knee-Jerk Laws

From Outdoor Life:

by John Haughey
May 17, 2016

Brady Bunch brings Chuckie Cheeze to his knees

Good ol’ Chuckie Cheeze. If there is a poster boy for do-nothing grandiose pomposity, for suck-up, stomach-turning synchopantism, it is none other than the liberal Democrat Senator from New York — Sen. Chuck ‘Chuckie Cheeze’ Schumer.

In a heroic made-for-TV speech, Schumer bravely announced last week that he would introduce yet another universal background checks bill in the Senate on May 16. Schumer did so not because it has a chance of passing, nor is he actually concerned with proposing a bill that would do anything to keep guns out of the hands of lunatics. None of that matters now, or ever did, to Sen. Cheeze and his cabal of ideologues.

No. Schemer’s proposed bill is nothing more than a gambit to retain the adoration — and campaign donations — of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which issued a statement earlier in May criticizing the all mouth-mouth-mouth-and-no-action Schumer for being, well, useless.

According to Schumer’s office — his staff is among the best on Capitol Hill — the Senator felt compelled to introduce a bill that has no chance of passing “to avoid any misunderstanding” that he still opposes legal gun ownership.

Bottom line: Schumer is proposing this go-nowhere bill to “avoid misunderstanding” with campaign sponsors.

“It’s probably going to come as a great disappointment to (the Brady campaign) but one of the few things that politicians hate more than losing elections is wasting the time to author a bill which has no chance of getting out of committee for a vote, and when it comes to the sort of background checks favored by the Brady Campaign and other gun control groups, we’re discussing an already well-trod path of failure,” writes Bob Owens in

Harvard: Mass shootings spur ineffective, knee-jerk laws

Mass shootings account for only 0.3% of all gun deaths in the US, but they evoke a significantly larger policy response than regular gun-related fatalities.

A trio of researchers from the Harvard Business School researchers have documented what we all know: Mass shootings, although a scourge of our time, are statistically insignificant when counted with all gun-related deaths, yet they have profound influence on policy-making.

According to HBS researchers, mass shootings account for less than 0.3 percent — that’s 3 in 1,000 — of all firearms-related deaths in the United States but spur a corresponding 15-percent knee-jerk increase in the number of gun-control bills submitted by politicians seeking to capitalize on peoples’ emotions in the wake of a horrific, highly-publicized mass shooting.

The study calculates the “per-death impact of mass shootings on bills introduced (is) about 66 times as large as the impact of individual gun murders.”

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