Horrors of the gun culture

..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 ?

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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4 Responses to Horrors of the gun culture

  1. Jane says:

    Great hammer of Thor, that is powefurlly helpful!

  2. Carlos says:

    Where I live asking someone if they own a gun would get a “yes” about as often as asking them if they owned a car. The truth that when seconds count the police are ony minutes away is quite obviouis in rural America.I bought my first pistol a few weeks ago, primarily for home protection and to carry on walks and bicycle rides. You never know what kind of animals my pop out of the woods. Bears and mountain lions have been reported in my county. I’ve seen a bobcat on my back porch and in my front yard. Plus a wild dog or coyote is always a possibilty.As for doctors, my doctor made enough mistakes in my treatment for me to go elsewhere. Simple stuff like incorrectly running glucose test and such. We could save a lot of lives if doctors policed themselves better.I think I’ll use Trey’s response if asked. I keep my gun unloaded but the clip and gun within reach of each other.

  3. Philadelphia Doctor says:

    There is no limit to human stupidity.

  4. extranova says:

    Let’s ban pressure cookers!

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