Gun control supporter, Gabby Giffords, concocted a comparison of President Trump’s immigration policies to toddlers toting guns, arguing that the latter poses a bigger threat to the safety on this country. This claim came after the President’s January 27 executive order which placed a temporary suspension on allowing refugees from several Middle Eastern and African nations that are known terror-havens.
Giffords, a former U.S. Representative, survived an attack by a lone gunman in 2011 who had passed a background check to obtain his firearm. Giffords has made her condemnation of Trump’s immigration order very clear.
“Rarely has such an assault been so disconnected from the threats we truly face. The truth is this: In the history of accepting refugees in this country, none has committed a terrorist attack on our soil. Let’s put it in perspective. There is a group that has proven itself to be far more deadly on American soil. A group that has killed someone once a week for the last two years: Toddlers,” she wrote.
The very fiber that Giffords and other gun control advocates have clung to in an attempt to gain support is that children are dying in accidental gun deaths. They don’t address the fact that more children die from fire and drowning than die in accidental gun deaths.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2010, children under 10 years old died in fire-related deaths at a rate that was seven times higher than accidental gun deaths for the same age bracket. Moreover, children under 10 died in water-related deaths at a rate that was 16 times higher than accidental gun deaths for the same age bracket.
Giffords also fails to mention that the focus of Trump’s immigration ban is Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, which are well known for their terrorism, suicide bombings, and other vicious attacks. Also, Giffords didn’t seem to have a lot to say on this topic until NYT reporter Thomas Friedman and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) expressed their opposition to the order.