Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. That’s how I’d sum up all the recent calls for tougher gun laws in the wake of the recent mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, that left nine people dead.
But if I had to pick out the five dumbest calls to action I’ve heard thus far, here they are:
President Barack Obama
“Some reporters took it as resignation. I’m not resigned,” Obama said Friday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “I have faith we will eventually do the right thing. We have to stop being confused about this. … You don’t see murder on this kind of scale, this kind of frequency in any other advanced nation on Earth.”
Why it’s dumb: False comparison. Apples to oranges as crime data in Europe isn’t reliably tracked nor tracked like it is in the U.S.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley
“A single American life is worth more than all the guns in the United States,” said the former Maryland governor while giving a speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in San Francisco. “How many senseless acts of violence do we have to endure as a people before we stand up to the congressional lobbyists of the National Rifle Association? How many more Americans have to die?”
O’Malley also called for reinstating a federal ban on so-called assault weapons.
Why it’s dumb: Guns save American lives everyday. Without them, more good people would be victims of assault, robbery, rape and murder.
New Yorker Writer Adam Gopnik
“Guns don’t protect anyone from anything,” wrote Gopnik in a recent article (I highly suggest you read it, you won’t believe how absurd it is). “Their presence simply increases the odds of domestic tragedy, of a domestic altercation turning into a homicide (or a suicide). The data confirms what common sense suggests: not even the most desperately paranoid among us could possibly be perpetually prepared for an actual home invasion—as very rare as such incidents actually are…”
Why it’s dumb: Guns don’t protect anyone from anything is about the dumbest statement I’ve heard in a long time. But don’t take my word for it, consider this statement from a CDC study on the number of defensive gun uses (Guns being used to protect someone from something) per year:
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
Author Stephen King
A follow up to his previous comments on twitter, ““Until responsible gun owners support responsible gun control laws, innocent blood will continue to flow. How many times must we see this?” King tweeted this:
The Confederate flag flying over a state capital is disgusting, but it's a sidetrack. The real problem comes with a 30-shot clip.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 20, 2015
Why it’s dumb: “Clip” nuff said.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
“I lived in Arkansas and I represented upstate New York. I know that gun ownership is part of the fabric of a lot of law-abiding communities,” said Clinton at the Conference of Mayors. “But I also know that we can have common-sense gun reforms that keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the violently unstable, while respecting responsible gun owners.”
Why it’s dumb: Respectfully, Mrs. Clinton is full of shit! She doesn’t respect gun owners and by “common-sense reforms” she means banning widely popular and commonly-owned firearms.