Veteran: Baseball teams go full-blown, anti-gun propaganda attacking 2nd Amendment instead of tweeting about baseball

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Author’s note: The following piece is based on my beliefs and opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of Law Enforcement Today. The views expressed in this article are in no way intended the diminish the tragedies we have witnessed in our nation over the past decade, or the hurt and heartbreak being felt by communities and families in Uvalde, Texas, or Buffalo, New York, or any other place where innocent lives have been cut short.

NEW YORK, NY – Baseball has been more than just the national pastime. It was part of a cliche about our country itself.

Describing something patriotic was often done by uttering the words: “that’s as American as baseball and apple pie.”

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good, and it could be again.”

The previous quote was uttered by the character Terrance Mann, played by James Earl Jones, in the movie Field of Dreams.

Over the past few years, we have seen the powers-that-be turn this once great sport into a left-wing echo chamber. In the most recent edition of How Left Can We Lean, two teams jumped into the fray via Twitter.

The New York Yankees, in a tag-team effort with the Tampa Bay Rays, opted out of using their Twitter account to provide coverage of the game between the two teams. Instead, they used their social media teams to issues a series of tweets about gun violence.

“In lieu of game coverage and in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Rays, we will be using our channels to offer facts about the impacts of gun violence,” the Yankees wrote in their initial tweet. “The devastating events that have taken place in Uvalde, Buffalo and countless other communities across our nation are tragedies that are intolerable.”

More “woke” agendas coming from Major League Baseball.

The Rays doubled down with their statement.

Using statistics from multiple sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Health and Human Services, the teams started the barrage of tweets by letting their 3.6+ million (Yankees) and 654K (Rays) followers know that more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.

Doing the math, that would tell us that more than 40,000 people died from firearms related injuries. According to the CDC, the actual number for 2020 was 45,222. What the Yankees and Rays social media teams didn’t tell anyone in those tweets was that more than half (54%) of those deaths were suicides. Another 1,146 were accidental shootings or involved officer-involved shootings.

The numbers also do not identify how many of those gun-related homicides were justified by self-defense.

Which leads to the question for the Yankees, Rays and other anti-gun groups. What would those numbers look like if only the criminals had guns (more on that later)?

But that is exactly what anti-gun activists would like to see, an unarmed America trying to figure out how to stop armed criminals amidst defunded or even abolished police forces.

“When an assault weapon is used in a mass shooting, it results in six times as many people shot than when other guns are used.”

For this post, they cited information from the anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety.

First, we need to pause and educate the MLB and their teams on the phrase “assault weapon.”

Any weapon used to assault, injure or kill is an “assault weapon.”

But giving them the benefit of the doubt that they are referring to an AR-15 style rifle, their own statistics show that that type of weapon is used less frequently than other firearms, even in mass shootings.

They show that between 2009 and 2022, only 50 of the nearly 300 mass shootings involved the use of an “assault” weapon or high-capacity magazines. That equates to 16%. They also allude to the reality that 81 percent of mass shootings involved a handgun. But all we hear about is “no one needs an Ar-15.”

Even Everytown understands where the real problem lies.

Mass shootings are “most often perpetrated by someone who was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

These are not acted out by the vast majority of responsible, legal gun owners.

These are predominantly acts of violence perpetrated by criminals with the intent on doing harm, or individuals in need of mental health assistance.

There are an estimated 393 million firearms legally owned in the US. The average gun owner has 5 of them, meaning that nearly 80 million Americans own firearms.

There have been 274 mass shootings in the previous 13 years. That means less than .0000035% of gun owners are committing these acts of violence.

Wait, aren’t most mass shootings “perpetrated by someone legally prohibited from possessing a firearm?”

So, that number is reduced to at least .00000175%.

And only 16% of those incidents are committed using an “assault” weapon.

So, according to the statistics detailed by Everytown for Gun Safety, .00000028 of all gun owners are committing these heinous and atrocious acts of violence.

We don’t have a gun problem. We don’t even have an “assault” weapon problem. We have a crime problem. We have a mental health crisis.

Guns are merely a tool being used by individuals seeking to harm and destroy.

To the organizations credit, they both tweeted that nearly 4,400 veterans end their own lives every year by gun, followed by a link to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

As a veteran, who has lost veteran friends to suicide, that is a big deal. Not because of the fact that they use a gun, but because they are suicidal.

The teams, focusing only on the gun-related suicides, failed to mention that between 7,000 and 8,000 veterans take their own lives every year.

Look, the issue if school violence is not lost on me.

I work with school districts every day to help them create the safest environment possible for their staff, faculty and most importantly, students.

I live 70 miles from the campus of Santa Fe High School, where 10 people were tragically murdered.

I live less than three hours away from 6 of the 7 mass-casualty shootings in Texas that Everytown identifies on their website.

The 7th took place in my hometown, where my brother was one of the SWAT team members who assisted in stopping that shooter.

I take these situations personally. And yet, I am still here to tell you that when politicians, actors and even professional sports franchises spend this much time trying to convince the entire country that we need to get rid of guns, they are battling the wrong demons.

Stop letting judges put violent criminals back on the streets on little to no bail. Start addressing mental health concerns for our students and veterans. Quit trying to criminalize legal gun ownership and attacking law-abiding owners.

But nope. to the left, it’s a gun issue.

The research provided by anti-2nd Amendment groups show that we do not have a gun problem. But they will continue to claim that we do.

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For more on the attack on the 2nd Amendment coming directly from the President of the United States, we invite you to

DIG DEEPER

 

WASHINGTON, DC – In addressing the mass casualty shooting at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, President Joe Biden declared that a very specific section of the United States Constitution was limited, amiss, bad, censurable, defective, faulty, flawed, or imperfect.

What he actually said was, “The 2nd Amendment’s not absolute.”

The list in the opening sentence are all antonyms of absolute.

So he must have been referring to one of those words when he said that it was not absolute.

One should have confidence the words of the Amendment itself make it absolute.

“…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

That sounds absolute to most people.

It doesn’t say that it shall not be infringed, until the government finds a way to make it infringeable.

The President went on by regurgitating his often debunked talking points that the 2nd Amendment has always had limitations.

“When it was passed, you couldn’t own a cannon, you couldn’t own certain kinds of weapons,” he falsely stated. 

He doubled down.

“The idea that an 18-year-old can walk into a store and buy weapons of war designed and marketed to kill is I think just wrong,” Mr. Biden said. “Just violates common sense. Even the manufacturer, the inventor, of that weapon, thought that as well. You know, where’s the backbone?”

When it was ratified on December 15, 1791, not only was there no law preventing private ownership of cannons, the Constitution actually carved out provisions for private ownership of cannons. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11 allows Congress to “grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal.”

Mr. President, perhaps you would benefit from a quick history lesson and some Constitutional perspective.

The War of 1812  began on June 18, 1812, almost 21 years after the ratification of the 2nd Amendment you frequently prove to know nothing about. President James Madison issued approximately 500 letters of Marque.

These letters allowed private citizens to legally commit acts of piracy. They did so by the individual citizen purchasing cannons and arming their vessels with cannons. The letter only made legal the acts of piracy. It did not do anything to open a temporary loophole for private citizens to purchase cannons…because they could already do so.

During that nearly three year war, American naval forces had roughly 1,200 cannons spread across 65 ships. The privateers, on the other hand, deployed more than 15,000 cannons.

Ok, well maybe you could own cannons, but not other weapons of war, right?

The President certainly seems to think so.

Reality, however, showed that private citizens could and did own the same types of weapons that the US military had access to, at least until the National Firearms Act of 1934. Private citizens were permitted to own Gatling guns if they could afford to by one. In fact, they still can, as it is not classified as a machinegun.

In short, the arguments being thrown about by the President, Hollywood, the hosts on The View, and countless blue-check Twitter accounts, that we were never meant to have military grade weapons are patently false.

Their go-to statement of “the founding father’s never intended…” just do not pass the logic and common sense filter.

Sadly, so many people blindly believe much of what they read because they refuse to do a little research on a topic.

But, hey, Joe Biden has been in politics forever and done absolutely nothing worthwhile. So, he must know what he is talking about, right?

On the topic of how long Joe Biden has been at it, there was less time between Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration and Biden’s birth than there was between Biden’s birth and his own inauguration.

The man spent two years working as a lawyer before entering politics. Aside from those two years and Donald Trump’s four years in office, he has been in politics his entire professional life. You would think that somewhere in those 49 years in office, he would have learned that what he is spouting about the 2nd Amendment is blatantly false.

Or maybe he has and just doesn’t care.

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