Received this link in my email today: PolitiFact Fact Checks on Gun Control and Gun Violence.
My first reaction was "put on the hip waders; the BS is gonna be deep". After all, when they start talking Gun Violence and Gun Homicide, you know they're only concerned about the instrument and not the crime or its victims. It didn't disappoint.
So I wrote back to the emailer: Ooooh! Can I play?
"We do not have any limitation on the number of guns and
bullets we can buy. (True)" Why would any restriction on the
number of guns or bullets that a law-abiding individual can buy
matter? Do you know professional competitive shooters (yes, there
are such folks) will burn one to two thousand rounds of ammunition
in a week just practicing? How does restricting law abiding people
help anyone? (to be pedantic, Politi-Fact is sounding stupid here: the bullet is the portion of a
cartridge that leaves the barrel. The correct term in not how many
bullets one has, but how many cartridges or rounds of ammunition)
"The U.S. gun homicide rate is 20 times the combined rate of
other western nations. (Mostly True)" Why does the "gun homicide" or
"gun violence" matter? It's okay to bludgeon someone to death?
Knife attack? Poison? Something like 2 million people were killed
in the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Do you know what the most common
weapon was? A machete. A few cents worth of scrap steel. A friend
of mine who has worked in China recently says dismembered bodies
(hacked up with blades of some sort) are common occurrences - but
it's not gun homicide so that's OK? In terms of actual homicide
rate, which is what we should care about, the US is 108th place, not
"20 times the combined rate of other western nations." Wiki
statistics, plotted by Sean Sorrentino at
What's important in the case of something like the Newtown
massacre is whether you make anything better by changing the
existing thousands of laws. An Assault Weapon Ban? The 1994 AWB,
which banned magazines over 30 rounds, was in effect when
Columbine High was attacked by those two psychos - who had written
their state representatives to oppose Coloado's concealed carry
law. Why should a new AWB be any more effective? I have read a
lot of sources on this and not one, from UC Berkeley to the FBI,
says the 1994 AWB had any effect on crime. Some sources say crime
went down when it expired, although since violent crime has been
in nationwide decline since concealed carry started to spread
across the country in the early 1990s, I think it may just be part
of that trend.
I did more, but I'm sure you can, too...
Well, you know and I know that they only thing these new laws will do, will be to make it harder for a law-abiding citizen to defend themselves.ReplyDelete
Criminals, by definition, don't give a flyin' leap about the law, and it will have NO impact on criminal activity involving firearms.
As a wise person wrote once" Gun control *isn't* about GUNS. It's about CONTROL"!
And as we all know, "The 2nd Amendment is NOT about duck hunting".