Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) fired back at Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) after the Democrat made the patently false claim during a congressional hearing that there wasn’t a “single incident” of someone with an “assault weapon” being “stopped by a person with a gun.”
Speaking with Fox News Digital on Tuesday following his exchange with Cicilline, Massie pointed out that the truth about guns is bad for the left’s narrative, which is why they always lie.
“The fact that guns are used by good guys every single day to prevent and stop bad guys is an inconvenient truth for Rep Cicilline and other Democrats who want to trample on the Second Amendment,” the Kentucky Republican told Fox News Digital.
During a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the Democrats’ gun control legislation, the Protecting Our Kids Act, Cicilline claimed: “I don’t think there is a single incident – and maybe there’s one, but I’ve not found one – of an assailant using an assault weapon that was stopped by a person with a gun, so this is a – maybe there’s one of the thousands and thousands and thousands of shootings, but the truth of the matter is school resource officers are an important response to school safety.”
Massie refuted Cicilline’s outrageous lie by submitting a list into the congressional record of incidents where “good guys” with guns stopped “bad guys” from committing mass shootings.
“The Democrats – I don’t know if they’re just in willful ignorance of what happens in this country or they’re being deceptive today, but I would like to introduce into the record a list of cases where concealed handgun permit holders have likely stopped mass public shootings. This is from crimeresearch.org, and it’s published May 27th, 2022,” the Republican congressman explained.
The list of incidents that Massie submitted into congressional record included an event that occurred recently in Charleston, West Virginia, and has been cited by conservatives as a key example of the importance of the Second Amendment, where a man with an AR-15 opened fire on a graduation party but was stopped by a woman legally carrying a gun who shot him.
“Portland, Oregon, February 19, 2022,” Massie said, describing another incident. “Homeowner allegedly confronted participants at a racial justice demonstration Saturday night before pulling out a handgun and shooting multiple people in the crowd, leaving one woman dead and several others injured. The shooting ended when a person, with the group of demonstrators, who is licensed to conceal-carry a firearm, fired back, striking the homeowner in the hip.”
The GOP congressman also cited a 2021 incident in which a property owner was credited with saving multiple lives “after he pulled out a legally possessed 9mm handgun” and killed a man who had opened fire on a crowd in Syracuse, New York.
“The very gun that Joe Biden wants to ban,” Massie said, referring to recent comments by the president suggesting that he supports banning 9mm handguns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost every major study on defensive gun use has revealed that Americans use their firearms defensively between 500,000 and 3 million times each year. Comparing that to the number of people who died from “gun-related deaths” in 2020, the most recent year for which complete data is available, it is not even close.
The total number of gun deaths in 2020 was 45,222, 54% of which were suicides (24,292), while 43% were murders (19,384), according to the CDC. The remaining firearm-related deaths that year were unintentional (535), involved law enforcement (611) or had undetermined circumstances (400).
Clearly, the numbers don’t lean in favor of the Democrats’ narrative that the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans should be restricted, which is why they are lying about the facts, and trying so desperately to prevent their voters from knowing the truth.