NOTE: I normally reserve Tuesday for an article specifically addressing a firearm or related issue. Last week, however, as sometimes happens, other issues took precedence, so this week I’ll not only post my usual Tuesday article, but a firearm/education article on Monday as well. I hope, gentle readers, you enjoy both.
The University of Houston’s campus newspaper is The Cougar, and on September 20, one Dana C. Jones authored an article titled: Gun obsession is an issue of a nation, not a male one. I assume Jones is female. I’ve not been able to find a photo.
The pandemic of guns in the United States is the problem of a nation, not a particular sex.
There have been endless discussions on internet forums about obsession with guns, an issue that brings in people domestically and from across the pond. Many argue that just men are gun-crazed rather than the United States as a whole.
One might imagine Ms. Jones would try to prove the national gun obsession/pandemic has infected women, and those of, ahem, other genders, or even, perhaps, “fluid” genders, but no. Following what passes for education on campus these days, and employing the writing skills and standards of proof apparently required in university classrooms, Jones ignores what to a rational person would appear the thesis of her article, and presents a stereotypical rant, claiming murders, particularly “mass killings” are out of control.
Jones’ primary source is gunviolencearchive.org. Delving into its methods, one finds protocols for compiling statistics that are, to put it mildly, suspect, and very much appear to be slanted toward racking up the highest numbers possible. Note it’s “Related Websites” section, which reliably indicates whether the site is dedicated to fact or left-wing political advocacy.
Note too this map of “incidents.” Interesting, is it not, how the majority of “incidents” take place on the east and west coasts–gun control paradises–and on the southern border?
The best, and most easily understood video on the topic was done in 2015 by the indispensable Bill Whittle: Number One With A Bullet. In Whittle’s ironic style, he notes first America is the number one nation in the world in firearm ownership per capita.
The point would seem to be that with all those guns (90 guns per 100 people)–and this is a point to which Jones alludes–America must be a terribly violent place, with murders and all manner of violence committed with the use of firearms off the charts.
In fact, in 2012, America did not make the worldwide top 100 in murders per capita. Hondurans, a socialist country with no private gun ownership right, was number one. But where did America, gun obsessed America, fit in?
The Second Amendment, which grants citizens the right to bear arms, gets renewed attention and focus every few months because U.S. murder rate is so high. [skip]
When America stacks up against the rest of the world, we rank at the top for guns.
Well, numbers of guns, yes, but not only does Jones not prove her thesis–she doesn’t try to do that–her proofs are lacking in precision and support. Notice too her view of the Second Amendment, taken for granted in the academy, and on the Left–I know: one in the same–as well. The Second Amendment grants nothing. It merely recognizes a pre-existing, fundamental unalienable right, a right no government may grant or legitimately take away. The renewed attention about which Jones speaks is primarily due to comments like hers, made in the process of trying to limit or obliterate the single right that secures every other.
There are major dips on views in gun ownership when there are mass attacks like Sandy Hook, but they always shoot back up. And ownership continues to rise, partly due to America’s ability to isolate incidents and find other causes for gun violence. The reasons are deferred to mental health or domestic terrorism, instead of the common denominator found in all incidents: guns.
If Jones’ professors required logic, perhaps they’d explain there is no such thing as “gun violence,” any more than there is “car violence,” or “fist violence,” or “knife violence,” or “baseball bat violence.” A common denominator in motor vehicle accidents is motor vehicles, and virtually every one of those vehicles has seatbelts! A common denominator in deaths is beds, where most people die. Obviously, logical fallacies are of no more concern on campus these days than blatantly biased sources. Jones concludes:
Gun control is not synonymous with annexing the Second Amendment, but it does mean protecting the people who live in this country.
“Annexing?” I know the academy is all about quirky use of grammar and the invention of all manner of new definitions of commonly understood words, but… On the other hand, the Left does wish to limit gun ownership to leftist thugs, so perhaps that’s the annexation to which she refers. The implication with which Jones leaves the reader is “protecting the people who live in this country,” involves removing the common denominator. What a surprise.
Retuning to Whittle’s video, we learn the reason America is number 111 is because of the very high rates of murders per capita in its cities, and all of the prime offenders are cities that have been controlled by Democrats, where strict gun control is a feature, not a bug, for decades. Removing those progressive cesspools of “gun violence” from the statistics, America would take its rightful place–with less violence than Switzerland. Let’s allow Whittle to conclude with a conclusion that actually supports his thesis:
Maybe it’s not the guns; maybe it’s the people holding the guns.