February 11, 2013

TOM MAGUIRE ON GUN CONTROL JIGGERY-POKERY:

Ahh, but what is “gun violence”? Well, when gun control advocates are dramatizing their case they cite 30,000 deaths per year (E.g., NY Times editorial, the Atlantic, the Violence Policy Center, Media Matters).

That figure is composed of roughly 19,000 suicides and 11,000 homicides. One might imagine that a notable proportion of the suicide victims qualify as mentally ill. But for some reason, when the subject is mental health, “gun violence” seems to mean exclusively homicides, at least at the Times, and in the piece linked above.

Yet more evidence that I will never have the mental acuity or agility to make it as a lib.

Or a journalist. But I repeat myself.