During his politicizationÂ this evening of the tragic mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, President Obama requestedÂ that the media prepare a chart comparing the number of gun deaths in the United States to deaths from terrorist attacks to show American citizens the scope of our gunÂ problem.
âI would ask news organizations, because I wonât put these facts forward â have news organizations tally up the number of Americans whoâve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade, and the number of Americans whoâve been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports,â Obama said, adding, âThis wonât be information coming from me, it will be coming from you.â
The presidentâs ever-faithfulÂ servants in the mediaÂ took the presidentâs request as a challenge to see which publication could present his majesty with his chart the most quickly.
Amazing. âObama wantedâŚâ
Media: YES YES OKAY YES.https://t.co/Gtz7aP3mC0
â Peter Cook (@Slublog) October 2, 2015
@Slublog Obama : âJump.â
Media: âOff what?â
â Charly J. (@chuck_dizzle) October 2, 2015
Zack Beauchamp of Vox, famous for reporting on a nonexistent bridge between Gaza and the West Bank, handed in this entry for President Obamaâs art show, and received a personal note of thanks from the president himself.
â Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) October 1, 2015
Thanks, Zack. https://t.co/gOGzWmYdxQ
â President Obama (@POTUS) October 2, 2015
thanks for making my straw man come to life! https://t.co/zzTXJ7hxMh
â David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) October 2, 2015
@zackbeauchamp Now please compare lives saved by guns vs. lives saved by terrorism.
â Radical Catholic (@RadicalCath) October 2, 2015
Sorry, Washington Post. We thought your chart was prettier. We would have liked clearer definitions ofÂ âgun-related deathsâ and âgun violence deaths,â though. Beauchampâs chart specified âgun homicides.â
â Philip Bump (@pbump) October 1, 2015
@pbump Did he pat you on the head and give you a treat afterward?
â Entropy (@entropy156) October 2, 2015
@pbump Does the tally of gun deaths include suicides?
â Angela Morabito (@Bear2theRight) October 1, 2015
@pbump Is that homicides or all gun-related deaths? Suicides routinely dwarf homicides and tend to get rolled into general gun death numbers
â Chris Heald (@cheald) October 2, 2015
â Philip Halloween (@evil_avatar) October 1, 2015
â Athena (@AthenaTweets) October 1, 2015
â J Christiaan Collins (@jccUSA) October 2, 2015
â Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 2, 2015
â SteveAustin WI (@SteveAustinWI) October 2, 2015
Itâs all so much clearer now. These charts were a great idea â please, confiscate all the guns you want.
Journalism is dead & rotting. pic.twitter.com/HVJ7Fxyimi
â Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) October 2, 2015
@zackbeauchamp what homework did he give you for tomorrow?
â NY Yankee (@freedomcarolina) October 2, 2015