Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says it's questionable that suicides are counted in the total number of gun deaths, arguing that those who commit suicide will kill themselves whether a gun is present or not.
Citing a recent Pew Study that found that the gun suicide rate had risen in recent years, Huckabee, on his daily podcast The Huckabee Exclusive, said "many question why liberals even count suicides in gun death figures, since anyone bent on suicide will do it whether there is a gun handy or not."
"Besides liberals are the ones who keep pushing for everyone to have a right to die," Huckabee said. "In fact, just this month, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed a Right-to-Die bill to let doctors prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients. But a week later he vetoed the Right-to-Try bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients to petition drug companies to let them try experimental treatments, not yet approved by the government. At that point they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They are willing to take the risk, and it might even help researchers learn what works and and even benefit millions of people. And isn't their life to do it as they please?
"Well not really, the left believes in a right-to-die just not a right to live," he added. "You can take drugs that kill you, as long as they are approved by the government and will definitely kill you, and not non-FDA approved drugs that might save you. It's very similar to their pro-choice, whether you are deciding to end or extend your own life, or to terminate, or to go through the pregnancy, you have the right to make any personal choice you want, as long as it's the one that liberals agree with"
Huckabee then noted California led the nation in gun deaths, despite having strict gun laws. Adjusted for population the state actually has one of the lowest rates of firearm deaths nationwide, according to the CDC.
"Speaking of California and that new Pew report on gun violence, it also found that California, which leads the nation in gun control laws, also leads the nation in gun murders," said Huckabee.
"California alone accounts for nearly 15% of gun murders in the U.S, I guess you really do have a right to die in California. So the next time you hear that gun violence if way up and only gun control can stem it, just remember, according to cold, hard, FBI data, gun violence is actually way down, even as gun ownership has risen. The state where it is still the worst, is the one state where the laws make it most difficult for potential victims to arm themselves."