This is yet another response to the Gayle Trotter testimony given on Capitol Hill this week. As is always the case when liberal men write or talk about conservative women, he’s a dismissive, condescending jerk. He also thinks he’s clever with statistics:
What gun advocates say is that we all need to put ourselves and our families in danger to prepare for the home invasion that is the equivalent of being struck by lightning. According to the FBI, in the entire country in 2011 there were just 201 justifiable homicides committed with guns by private citizens. There are over 300 million guns in America, which means that about 1 out of every 1.5 million guns was actually used for lethal self-defense. According to the National Weather Service, your chance of being hit by lightning this year is a mere 1 in 1 million.
Of course, air travel is statistically the safest way of getting around but that doesn’t change the fact that the dead people in an airline disaster are still dead and aren’t comforted much by the fact that they’re at the statistical low end of things.
He’s also referring to “lethal self-defense”, ignoring the deterrent power of being armed and having predators aware of it. Ultimately, what’s most important is the fact that everyone of those statistical anomalies who had their lives saved by a gun is quite happy that they had prepared for that “lightning strike”.