Friday, July 20, 2012


Our hearts and sincerest sympathies go out to the innocent victims of last night's theater shooting. This is indeed a sad and sickening tragedy, and we hope that the cowardly suspect is tried and punished to the fullest extent possible.

The proper thing to do here seems to be to allow more information on the incident to become available before engaging in debate on the issue of guns in society.  The usual suspects, however, are ignoring that courtesy and are already dancing on the bodies before they're even cold, heartlessly politicizing things by immediately demanding that law-abiding citizens' firearms be taken away in response to this one apparently deranged lunatic.

We will limit ourselves to correcting New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's inflammatory and demonstrably false statements on radio this morning:

"'I mean, there’s so many murders with guns every day,' Bloomberg continued. 'It’s just gotta stop.'... 'This is killing people every day,' he said. 'And it’s growing.'" 

Actually, sir, it's not.  Violent gun crimes in the U.S. are at an all-time low even as lawful gun ownership and public carry have reached their highest rates ever.

(Graphic from the 2010 FBI UCR)

In fact, as Mitch Berg notes via Twitter, more people die from gun violence every week in Chicago, Illinois (one of the last remaining places where "authorities" have made gun ownership as difficult as possible and all lawful public carry is banned) than perished in last night's nightmare. 

We hope everyone will join us in praying for the victims.

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