Republican at hearing on guns claims Democrats blame ‘forks and spoons for obesity’

Republican at hearing on guns claims Democrats blame ‘forks and spoons for obesity’

During a House oversight hearing to deal with the issue of guns that featured gun manufacturers, Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) suggested that Democrats in Congress were intent on “going after both private citizens and the constitutional rights of American citizens.”

While he was at it, Hice also demanded that the chair of the committee, Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) apologize for not holding any hearings on crime, immigration, or drugs.

Hice then continued his rant:

“This is like the old saying that we’re going to blame the manufacturers of forks and spoons for obesity! I guess you’re going to subpoena some of them as well to deal with obesity in this country! It is absolutely absurd that we’re not dealing with the issues!”

What the congressman neglected to mention (and probably would have objected to) is that the facts about guns and the lack of adequate gun control make it clear firearms are much bigger threat to Americans than forks, spoons, or obesity, especially to schoolchildren:

There have already been more than 300 mass shootings this year in the United States, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill. that left six people dead and dozens injured was one of fourteen mass shootings over the long weekend. There have been just over 100 since a rampage at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., left 19 children and two teachers dead on May 24.

Mass shootings, where four or more people — not including the shooter — are injured or killed, have averaged more than one per day so far this year. Not a single week in 2022 has passed without at least four mass shootings.

Obesity kills 300,000 Americans each year, which is indeed a staggering number, but at least we treat it as an epidemic instead of making it easier to carry an unregistered gun anywhere you want (the grocery store, a PTA meeting, a church) and telling people there’s no gun and mass shooting epidemic.

Want to know why countries such as Britain, France, and Japan have much lower gun death rates? Because you can’t buy or carry a gun wherever you please. If Americans are safer because we have more guns and almost no gun laws with teeth, then why are our children dying in their classrooms at the hands of maniacs with AR-15s?

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