President Obama seems hell-bent upon foisting bad gun control legislation upon America. And why not? He loves this stuff. Just every other stupid liberal.
Many conservatives are quick to ascribe malevolent motives, sometimes to a degree that is bluntly ludicrous. Liberalism is above all a mental dullness, a way of being carried along by sentiment instead of thought. I don’t care how many degrees the President has. His problem is not that he’s evil. His problem is that he just isn’t terribly bright. In this, he is typical. Terribly bright people don’t get to be President. Middling narcissists do.
This is a man who gets choked up, and moved to action when 27 people are shot at once, who is not so moved by 27 people getting shot one or two at a time over a week, and still less moved when 27 people are killed as innocent bystanders by drone attacks over a month, halfway around the world. Things matter to the degree to which they are in the media spotlight at that moment – to the degree to which they make him choke up.
He doesn’t have to visit Chicago every time one 17 year-old kid shoots another 17 year-old kid, say something on national TV, hug parents, or attend funeral services.
He’s willing to flirt with an Executive Order to ban or restrict assault rifles despite the fact that the last ban on assault rifles didn’t work because, gosh, they’re scary.
In all this, he is supported by a liberal media that tends to be equally well-degreed and soft-minded. CNN, anyone? Here’s a report by Daniel W. Webster, “professor and co-director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins School of Public
Scenes from the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater are horrific, but are all too familiar in the United States.
Some have argued that gun control is irrelevant to mass shootings because the perpetrators are typically so determined that they will overcome any legal hurdle to acquiring firearms. However, mass murderers often use assault weapons or guns with large ammunition capacity.
Webster then moves, not to hard numbers – which, despite their surface coldness, happen to capture what is actually taking place in all real lives and deaths – but to an example that made the national news.
One of the guns James Eagan Holmes allegedly used to shoot 70 people within minutes was an assault rifle with a 100-round drum magazine. This extraordinary firepower enables gunmen to kill and wound more victims than they otherwise could if they used weapons that held fewer bullets. There is obviously no need for any civilian to have such powerful weapons.
Rational gun policy, one that puts public safety ahead of the interests of the gun industry and gun enthusiasts, would ban firearms and ammunition clips that hold more than 10 rounds. Such a policy might not prevent many of our mass shootings, but it should reduce the number of victims from these incidents.
Don’t bother searching the link for evidence. Liberalism isn’t about evidence. It’s about a combination of tears and authority; the authority to bother others about what made them shed tears. Their political advantage lies in the fact that a liberal decision can be made in about five seconds, using an image, while a conservative decision might take a full minute, and requires text. Text like this:
According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), in 1991 the U.S. murder rate was 9.8 per 100,000 people. In 2011, that number dropped to 4.7, which is almost a 54% drop in our murder rate. During that same period the U.S. violent crime rate dropped from 758.2 per 100,000 to 386.3 (a reduction of almost 50%).
Also according to the UCR, firearm murders have declined every year since 2006 from 10,177 murders to 8,583 in 2011 despite the population increasing in the United States. Nonfatal firearm crimes are dramatically decreasing as well. The Bureau of Justice Statistic shows that the crime rate for nonfatal violent crimes involving firearms dropped from 5.9 per 100,000 in 1993 to 1.4 in 2009 (over a 66% decrease). All of this is occurring despite the fact that there are more guns in America than ever before.
It’s worth listening to the President again. He responds to David Gregory, whose own reputation on this issue is questionable, with reference to the parents of Newtown following the Sandy Hook slaughter. “Anybody who was up at Newtown, talking to the parents, talking to the families, understands that something fundamental has to change.”
But he doesn’t listen to what they’re actually saying.
School Superintendent Janet Robinson has received as many as 300 emails from parents concerned about ongoing security at their child’s school. In response, Ms. Robinson says she has “told the police we need them.
“My response is something has to work.”
This is a President who has no idea whether the laws he is about to impose upon the American people will work. He’s going throw laws, and damn the Constitution, at the problem because that shows action. This isn’t exactly tyranny. It’s busy-bodyness run amok. It’s a childish fit. This is how we lose our rights – in a series of childish fits.
“I’m not going to prejudge…I’m skeptical that the only answer putting more guns into the schools.”
Here I had might as well add an inconvenient truth. To the extent America has a gun violence problem, it doesn’t have a gun violence problem so much as a black people with guns problem.
“Blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders. The victimization rate for blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000). The offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost 8 times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000).”
theof murders by poison, 80.6% were by white offenders and just 16.8% were by black offenders. Murders by gun were 41.2% by white offenders and 56.9% by black offenders.
This is when liberals will say something about poverty, and root causes. So I must clarify: this isn’t a minority problem. This isn’t a poverty problem. It’s a black problem. Note the difference, in just New York City – 29% Hispanic and 26% black- between black and Hispanic gun violence rates:
Shooting victims are most frequently Black (73.8%) or Hispanic (22.1 %). White victims account for an additional (2.6%) of all Shooting victims while Asian/Pacific Islanders victims account for (1.2%) of all Shooting Victims.
The Shooting arrest population is similarly distributed. Black arrestees (70.9%) and Hispanic arrestees (25.8%) account for the majority of Shooting arrest population. White arrestees (2.5%) and Asian/Pacific Islander (0.9%) account for the remaining portion of the Shooting arrest population.
In short, 95.1 percent of all murder victims and 95.9 percent of all shooting victims in New York City are black or Hispanic. And 90.2 percent of those arrested for murder and 96.7 percent of those arrested for shooting someone are black and Hispanic.
This is where, if you’re white and make this point, you’re a racist. Being black, I guess that makes me an Uncle Tom. Whatever. It’s the truth. The issue is getting this through the thick American skull.
I don’t own a gun. I’m 6’3″ 260 with modest martial arts training. Start trouble and I figure I’ll just kick your ass. More to the point, if we’re both out on the street and someone is out to start trouble they’re a lot more likely to mess with you. Defend your rights, please, against these sentimental twits in high places before we’re all condemned, not so much to a dictatorship, but to life-long baby’s crib that used to be a great country for free adults.
by Todd Jackson