“It doesn’t matter if gun violence is down”


CNN “journalist” Don Lemon managed, earlier today, to sum up the left’s knee-jerk “do something” push for gun control in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting in a couple of brief sentences.

“[t]o say that gun violence is down does not make sense,” Lemon told CNN. “To me, it’s insulting to everyone who lost a loved one here and who was dealing with that. It doesn’t matter if gun violence is down. 20 children are dead here and 6 adults are dead.”

Right. So the actual data doesn’t matter. The real-world realities of the relationship between gun proliferation and gun crime doesn’t matter. What matters is emotion and anguish.

People feel bad about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementy, ergo we must act. And if you’re against acting – pointing out that in the aggregate America is actually becoming far less violent than it once has (a trend which has been taking place for decades) and just about every one of these mass shootings target gun-free zones where the very policies the gun control advocates support are exercised – you’re just an accessory to this mass murder before and after the fact.

Which is the gun control left is so desperate to jam something through Congress. The must act when emotions are high, because if the cool light of reason is cast on the gun control argument it simply doesn’t hold up.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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