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One of our daily shootings

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The NY Times has a story of another shooting, this one in Phoenix.

Now it should be understood that the easy availability and great number of firearms in this country have nothing whatsoever to with these shootings. The NRA is quite clear on that. Indeed, the source of the problem is that we do not have enough guns in circulation. As the NRA points out, the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so we must make sure all good guys are armed, including (as the new NRA/gun manufacturer initiative shows) adolescents. What could go wrong with that?

And pointing out that other developed countries do not have enormous numbers of people lost to gun violence every year (those countries have strict limits and controls on firearms) is very misleading. Correlation is NOT causation. Indeed, if we had the strict limits and controls that they have, we’d probably still have as many gun fatalities as ever—because, and I can’t stress this enough, gun fatalities have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with guns. If we didn’t have guns, we’d have just as many fatalities, only they would be from rocks, clubs, and knives. Guns are fine. We just need more and more of them, without limit, with everyone carrying at least one (and preferably two) guns. Then we’d see something!

UPDATE: Another one. I imagine Wayne LaPierre will point out that the 6-year-old should have been armed.

 

Written by LeisureGuy

30 January 2013 at 11:47 am

Posted in Guns

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