These days, not too much time passes without Josh Sugarmann, formerly of the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, blurting out some nonsense on the Huffington Post website. Not too much time at all. Usually just enough for him to photocopy a bunch of ads from The Shotgun News, slap them together with a few paragraphs of inflammatory rhetoric that he has used a dozen times before, call the half-asked effort a “study,” and run down to the bank to deposit another six-figure check from the Joyce Foundation.
However, in his latest Huffington screed, Sugarmann says that in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia combined, the total number of motor vehicle accident deaths has fallen below the aggregate of firearm suicides, murders, self-defense homicides and accidents. “That’s according to a new analysis by my organization, the Violence Policy Center,” he says. (Translation: Sugarmann had one of his miniscule “organization’s” go-fers spend five minutes on the internet downloading the numbers from the CDC’s Wisqars website.)
Sugarmann says that because vehicle deaths are down, more gun control laws should be imposed, including “Detailed and timely data collection on gun production, sales, use in crime, as well as analysis of the types, makes and models of firearms most associated with injury, death and criminal use; Implementation of minimum safety standards for firearms (i.e., specific design standards and the requirement of safety devices); Ban certain types of firearms that have no sporting purpose such as ‘junk guns’ and military‑style assault weapons; Limit the firepower of firearms available to the general public, e.g. restrict ammunition magazine capacity;” along with “restrictions on the carrying of loaded handguns in public spaces” and “public education campaigns that communicate the extreme risks associated with exposure to firearms.”