In his never-ending quest to demonstrate how bad he is with numbers, Robert Reich has turned his skills from economics to abortion and guns.
There are bad Twitter takes, and then there are left-your-milk-in-the-hot-car-in-August bad Twitter takes. Reich has stumbled onto the latter here.
Call me a radical lefty, but I think it should be easier to get a life-saving abortion than a deadly assault rifle.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 4, 2022
The ‘radical lefty’ part was all he got right. The remainder of the tweet is a masterpiece in wrongness.
Life-saving abortion? The entire purpose of abortion is to kill a life, and even abortions that could be classified to protect the life or health of the mother account for less than 2% of all abortions.
Don’t even get us started on ‘assault rifle’.
About 600,000 more human lives are taken every year in the US by abortion than by rifles.
— InTheRightColumn (@TheRightColumn) December 4, 2022
Let’s compare the deadliness, shall we?
In 2020, there were less than 500 gun homicides using a rifle – even those Reich might call an ‘assault rifle’. There were also roughly 20 million such rifles in the United States.
That means, conservatively, a whopping 0.0025% of these rifles were used to commit murder.
Abortions, on the other hand, totaled just over 620,000 in 2020, resulting in just over 620,000 extinguished human lives. We’re not economists, but that comes to roughly 100%.
In other words, abortion is much deadlier than ‘assault rifles’, and it’s not even close.
To purchase a long gun in my state you need a current, valid state-issued form of ID & must pass a US government background check during the sale.
Nothings required to get an abortion except show them the money
By the way Assault rifles aren’t sold only semi auto rifles
— strac (@ttstrac) December 4, 2022
It really is amazing how many wrong ‘facts’ Robert Reich managed to squeeze into such a short tweet.
Of course, it’s not easier to get a rifle than an abortion.
Regardless of the ethical propriety of abortion, you do understand, don’t you, Bob, that it is in fact vastly easier to obtain one than it is to procure any sort of rifle, even the fictional “assault” variety you’re so fond of.
No background check, cost based on income…
— pipermcq (@pipermcq) December 4, 2022
You don’t have a Uterus. You’re not allowed to have an opinion on this issue.
— Dr. Mauser (@Dr_Mauser) December 5, 2022
LOL! Robert forgot the rules.
Life saving abortions. Along with clean turds and sensible leftists. https://t.co/dI12uadONz
— London Hebrew ✡️ (@DavidAHoward) December 4, 2022
We didn’t expect to be quoting ‘clean turds’, but we have ‘sensible leftist’ Robert Reich to thank for that.
Yep, you’re a radical lefty. https://t.co/2rI5OaV0di
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 5, 2022