When I was a boy, Tarzan movies were very popular. As always, European explorers in the jungle would panic when they heard jungle drums, a precursor to an inevitable attack by the local natives. Very similar to Pavlov’s dogs hearing the dinner bell. The Lame Stream Media would have you believe that a sudden, unexplainable increase in mass shootings across the country requires additional draconian gun laws to keep us safe and alive. “I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll BLOOOOOOW your house down!” We are a nation of frightened little piggys. If you’ve built your house out of straw you have every reason to be afraid.
269 shootings have been recorded across the country through the end of May. If this rate continues, there would be 646 by the end of the year. There were 698 mass shootings reported in 2021. Is it remotely possible that it isn’t mass shootings that have increased this year, but rather an increase of sensational media reporting intended to increase panic among the population? According to Mark Twain, there are three kinds of lies. “Lies, damned lies, and statistics.”
There are at least five definitions of mass shootings that are used by various agencies. Typically, four or more people are injured – not killed – in a given location. Of course, in the minds of most people watching the news, every time the phrase “mass shooting” is used, it suggests another Columbine or Sandy Hook incident. In a vast majority of the shootings on record, there were no fatalities at all.
Let’s examine the recommended “solution” to this problem. More gun control. “Make all of those dangerous weapons illegal and take them off our streets.” We spend billions of dollars on the war of drugs, yet prisoners have no problem obtaining drugs, in spite of prison guards and 24 hour camera surveillance. Could we prevent teenagers from having sex if we made condoms illegal? If we make cars illegal, we could completely eliminate drunk driving – but I’m guessing there would be some public push-back on that solution. It IS a solution, but it would not be a popular one.
Imagine that you are Gary Cooper, the Sheriff in the movie High Noon. You are walking down the center of the street, getting ready to confront the “bad guys” who want to kill you. Tell me honestly. Would you feel better about the situation with a gun, or without one? Guns get used to prevent about 100 crimes for every one that they’re used to perpetrate. Any time evil confronts a gun owner, the crime either never happens (the bad guy runs away), or the gun owner stops the crime by shooting the crook. There are anywhere from half-million to a quarter-million defensive gun uses every year in the US alone. That’s a half-million to a quarter-million potential and actual crimes stopped. Why doesn’t the media report those incidents? Because it’s not “news”. Thousands of commercial aircraft land safely every day. It’s only “news” when the plane crashes.
Less than a year ago, Texas became a “Constitutional Carry” state. It is now legal to carry openly or concealed without a government issued permit. It seems that I am the ONLY Texan who exercises this inherent right. At least, I’m the only person I’ve noticed who carries openly. Perhaps Texans are very good about concealing their handgun. Who knows?
Subscribers to my newsletter have undoubtedly noticed fewer and fewer submissions to the list in the last two years. That’s because I’ve consciously chosen to stop complaining about politics. People haven’t listened to me for thirty years, so there’s no reason for me to suspect they’ll pay attention to anything I have to say now. But this violation of logic and the Second Amendment has got to stop! Therefore, I’ve decided to host an open carry picnic for Independence Day this year. I will supply the hot dogs, chips, and beer, but you won’t eat anything if you’re not armed. (And .22 caliber doesn’t count, you sissy.) Send me a text message to RSVP. I’ll need to know if I’m eating alone.