Dave Holmes wants to take your guns. Because he is angry. And because he believes you and me and all law-abiding gun owners are responsible for gun-related violence in America. Yup. Parkland, it was our fault. Santa Fe, it too, was our fault.
Who is Dave Holmes? Don’t know? No worries, I didn’t either. He is Esquire’s Los Angeles-based Editor-at-Large.
In an article titled, “Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns,” he made the case for disarming everyone in America.
“All along, as American life has gotten deadlier, as our kids have gotten less safe in their schools, you have had the opportunity to work with the vast majority of Americans who support the sensible reform of our gun laws,” said Holmes. ” You have had the chance to preserve your own rights as we work together to keep our gun regulations in step with gun technology. You haven’t.”
Holmes goes on to admonish us for not supporting “sensible” measures like banning bump stocks or stripping 2A rights from adult citizens under the age of 21. The argument being that our inaction on gun control is what’s causing psychopaths to shoot up schools and drug dealers to gun down their rivals.
By the same logic, we ought to chop off our male appendages to stop rape. Right? I mean, if it’s a hardware problem and not a software problem. Just get rid of the hardware. Problem solved! Maybe Holmes can get behind the self-castration-to-stop-rape movement.
“So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives,” wrote Homes.
While the anger is understandable. I mean, we’re all angry. Gun owners and non-gun owners alike. It’s unacceptable that 10 people lose their lives at the hands of sicko. What’s inexcusable, though, is for a published journalist or “editor” to be so fast and loose with the facts. By which I mean dead wrong with his assertions.
No, Mr. Holmes, America hasn’t gotten deadlier!!! Where are you getting your information from? Michael Bloomberg?
Since the ’90s violence, including the gun homicide rate and shootings, are waaaaay down. Not to mention the fact that there are fewer school shootings. I know that doesn’t quite fit the anti-NRA narrative Holmes is promulgating. But those are the facts.
Don’t believe me? Ask New York Times columnist David Brooks. Even he, who is not shy about his zealotry for banning guns, is objective enough to reject the insinuation that sending a child to school is tantamount to sending them into a war zone.
“It should be said, each of these events is super horrible, but we shouldn’t be scare mongering. The number of school shootings has plummeted since the 1990s. Schools are about the safest place a child can be. And so we shouldn’t get carried away about that,” said Brooks on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this past Sunday.
Oh, and another thing, Trump via the DOJ is in the process of banning bump stocks. So, you’re getting your wish there. Problem with that is it will do nothing to address gun-related violence. Again, I hate to let facts get in the way of gun-grabbing mythology but reciprocating stocks are range novelties that don’t increase the lethality of a rifle. If anything, they make the rifle harder to control and the shooter less accurate. Did you know that?
To his credit, Holmes does get one thing right. He isn’t taking our guns.
“God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now,” he said. “It won’t happen, of course. So let’s meet in the middle. Let’s meet at…literally anything.”
How about this. How about we meet when you demonstrate that you have a basic understanding of the facts that surround this debate? Until then, don’t bother reaching out or threatening to do something that makes about as much sense a lopping off your manhood.