The horror in Florida hasn’t shattered my faith in the Second Amendment. Let me explain why — and please join in the discussion.
I came home from a scintillating talk by Evan Sayet (which I’ll write about later) to find awaiting me the news that there was a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — and, of course, the Lefties are calling for gun control, along with their usual claim that America is aberrant when it comes to violent. A few points and then I’ll turn the floor over to all of you.
1. My thoughts are with the victims and their families, which is where all our thoughts should be. I can’t even begin to imagine — I never can begin to imagine when terrorists shoot up masses of people — what the terror of being there must have been like.
2. Contrary to the usual Leftist babble, mass murders in schools are not limited to the here and now in America. For more than 100 years, they’ve happened all over the world, with all kinds of weapons, for myriad reasons (Beslan, anyone?).
3. The Leftists are resurrecting their claim that there were 11 school shootings in January alone. This claim is a lie if one believes, as I do and as the Leftists know most people do, that the phrase “school shooting” has a distinct meaning. That distinct meaning refers to a situation in which a crazy person walks onto a campus during school hours, intent upon murdering as many schools as possible. The numbers the Leftists actually use, though, related to any type of shooting that happens anywhere near a school, but that is, in fact, irrespective of the school. (Reddit has a good thread on the NYT’s January lie.)
4. Unlike Japan or European countries before 2015, America is not a small, ancient, homogeneous nation in which everybody shares the same values. It is a roiling, boiling, dynamic nation with a constant ebb and flow of the population, both legal and illegal, reflecting hundreds of cultures. That’s going to mean more violence. That’s just a fact. It’s also going to mean more wonderful things in terms of innovation and energy. As European nations stock up on their Muslim and African populations, they’re going to find that, as their homogeneity vanishes, they are going to have a lot more violence too. It’s questionable whether innovation or energy will come their way as well. Japan has made a conscious decision to keep its culture and population homogeneous, even as its population diminishes past the point of return.
5. Schools are ideal targets: A vulnerable, disarmed population for easy killing, followed by a phalanx of media talking heads for post-shooting infamy. It’s the ultimate power trip for the sick and the evil. [Read more…]