..from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Here we go again. I know that it is a silly season, but then for the Australian media all seasons are silly seasons. So from the yesterday’s Melbourne’sHerald Sun :
“Guns outnumber people in 24 Victorian towns a special investigation has revealed and the figures have horrified the anti-gun lobby. The East Gippsland hamlet of Swifts Creek has the highest ratio: 774 registered firearms shared by just 278 residents. National Coalition for Gun Control chairwoman Sam Lee said more guns led to more crime. “
I know that Ms Lee almost certainly said that. But if you said a kangaroo is a mammal, would they publish it? If they did so, you would be ridiculed for the rest of your life. Yet the arrant nonsense about possession of guns and crime is repeated ad nauseam as gospel.
Even the “progressive” US journalist Joe Bageant in his otherwise strictly politically correct book with the mocking title Deer Hunting with Jesus was forced to write:
“Among the many studies proving what no antigun lobbyist wants to hear are those of Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck, whose research indicates that about two and half million Americans successfully protect themselves with guns every year. Lest Kleck be written off as just another advocate, his methodology and conclusions were good enough to be utilized by the U.S. Government Accounting Office, an accomplishment rare for gun control groups. More than 2 million people are spared becoming crime victims because they own guns. Almost never do these cases involve firing the weapon. Displaying it and saying “Get the fuck out of here” seems to do the trick. If that doesn’t work, a shot in the air does. Also disproved were claims that every domestic fight and minor argument would turn into a bloody shoot-outs. It just didn’t happen. More than a million Americans are licensed to carry personal firearms, yet researchers find that misuse by this group has been statistically negligible.”
Back home to the above-mentioned hamlet – Swifts Creek:
“Welcome to Swifts Creek, home to about 278 people, 774 guns and a tank. Firearms outnumber the local population more than two to one, but there has not been a single shooting – accidental or otherwise – in recent memory.”
Guns, whales … What next? Plastic turkeys? Women disliking Abbott ?