As the special Legislative session nears in Tennessee, the complicit Media is still doing its propaganda work for Gun Control.

The Headline:

They dutifully link to a 2023CFRAnnualReport Tennessee Child Fatality which on itself sems to be carefully crafted to disburse information a certain way.  Let us begin.

The headline stated that guns are the leading cause of death among children in the Volunteer state and at the beginning of the report we are given the number of deaths for the 17 year old and Under:

And you nod your head and keep reading while they hope you don’t pay attention to one discrepancy from the headline or the title:

I searched for “external cause of death” and I according to the return from the CDC it means:

So, we have our first intellectual “misdirection.” Rather than guns being the leading cause of death in Tennessee, they are in fact not but just a part of it. Tragic indeed, but trying to exacerbate public opinion, an honest release of information would have been more productive.

Let’s keep reading and try to find out how many deaths are we talking about, not just some random selected percentages. We find a set of numbers in this graphic:


926 deaths of Children Ages 0-17. Now, don’t forget our dear friends of WKRN told us guns are the leading cause of death, so I have to ask how many “gun deaths” happened in 2021:

Sixty-seven deaths by homicide.

But wait, there is more: Not all homicides were done with guns:

After a quick run with the calculator, it comes to 57.62 which I will just approximate to 58 homicides by firearm.

And how about suicide? Not any better I am afraid.

And you already know the next question: How many suicides by firearm?

And that comes to 19.98 rounding it to 20 suicides by firearm.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the number gives us a grand (and still very sad) total of 78 deaths by firearms.  But let us not forget that WKRN said it is that homicide by guns the overall major cause of death.

Overall, homicide was the leading cause of death among Tennesse’s children in 2021 — far outnumbering suicides, drownings, fires, falls and poisoning deaths — and guns were the leading external factor with firearms involved in 86% of homicides.

Guns leading cause of death among Tennessee children, report finds (

Really? How about Motor Vehicle Deaths? I noticed they did not mention them at all.

Another bit of journalistic lack of integrity? Maybe, I don’t know. Do-It-For-The-Children? Maybe, again I don’t know.

Let’s summarize: We have an official number of 926 deaths of Children 17 Years Old and Under. Out of those 926, we have a total of 78 in which a firearm was used and only 58 of those deaths were from homicide while 20 were from suicide. That comes to a very low but still sad 18.75% of death in Tennessee and not “The Leading Cause Of Death!” that is the latest talking point among Gun Control Intelligentsia.

Now this last one is pure speculation on my part, but it is a very interesting graphic found in page 42 of the report:

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the number of homicides per health region? I would not be surprised if Memphis and its surrounding areas were the leading locations. But that would mean that Gun Control is not the True and Only Answer, but a more detail examination would be required and probably would not be in the best interests of certain groups and entities.

PS: I forgot my usual ending.

If your cause is righteous, why lie? 

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

3 thoughts on “Layers and Layers of Editorial Dishonesty.”
  1. Also from the news report: “Black males aged 15 to 17 years were also disproportionally represented in homicide and firearm deaths”

    Being that they were overwhelmingly occurring in Memphis, that leads to the conclusion a good portion of that was youth gang violence.

  2. When they resort to deception at every level of research, it only goes to prove the desperation they feel when faced with opposing facts which leave them no other choice. Their hope remains that only Miguel and people similar to him will fact-check their work. Sadly, they are correct in that hope far more often than not.

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