Very quickly after the live on-air shooting yesterday, various politicians and activists started crying that we needed more laws to prevent such crimes.
The last time I checked, Virginia still had a law against murder, and it was still one of the states with a death penalty for that crime. Also, there are multiple laws designed to prevent an insane person from possessing a firearm.
Gun control activists will argue that we haven’t restricted the general availability of guns sufficiently yet for their approach to the problem to work. They’ve been trying for over a century and more that 20,000 laws are on the books. At this point, their sales pitch is beginning to sound like a communist saying that his system works in theory but no one has done it right yet.
Ben Smith has a piece up at BuzzFeed called Can Bill De Blasio Turn Uber Into The NRA?, and it contains several interesting ideas.
So will Bill de Blasio pry the Uber app from his constituents’ cold dead hands?
The article goes on to deal with some of the ins and outs of the coming fight between the Mayor of New York and the popular ride sharing service as seen from a leftwing point of view. It ends with a line musing over
whether Uber becomes as partisan and polarizing as guns, or as American as the iPhone.
Hmmm. Notice the implication that being associated in any way with the NRA (which is, after all, the country’s oldest civil rights organization) is an undesirable bug rather than a feature. Uber is popular because it provides people with more options in how they travel and in how they earn a living. Through its advocacy of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has helped people be free to defend themselves. Both organizations provide more freedom to more people while being opposed by elements of the nanny state. While the company may or may not like being in the same philosophical boat as the NRA, it is.
Read the whole thing.
Awr Hawkins has a piece over at Breitbart that ask an obvious, but important, question: WHY DO GUNMEN TARGET CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS, NOT NRA MEETINGS? His conclusion—
Unarmed people are vulnerable people, and criminal predators prey upon them.
Or, as Robert Heinlein put it,
An armed society is a polite society.
The Baltimore Sun reports that May was the deadliest month in Baltimore in over 40 years.
This is all rather puzzling. Maryland has some of the most draconian gun control laws that were toughened under the recent O’Malley administration. They were passed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, so how can all those shootings be happening? I mean, the politicians wouldn’t lie to us, would they?
UPDATE—Speaking of Baltimore and Martin O’Malley, Stacy McCain has an interesting post here.
After a recount in which she picked up 6 votes, Martha McSally has defeated Ron Barber in the race for the Arizona 2nd District Congressional seat. A pro-Second-Amendment Republican now represents the district formerly represented by Gabby Giffords. The Republicans have now picked up 13 seats in the House this year.
Before I get started, let me say that I have no knowledge of whether or not Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown. I’ll defer to the grand jurors who sifted through the evidence.
I’ve heard and read a lot from talking heads and pundits about how Officer Wilson’s story is incredible, how it doesn’t hold up, how it’s unbelievable. All of these “experts” seem to have one characteristic in common. All of them appear to be sheltered individuals who have never been in a life-or-death confrontation that required them to use violence or die.
I was about to hit the post button when another common characteristic hit me. Nearly all of them believe that cops should be the only people in civil society allowed to have guns.
UPDATE—Stacy McCain has some related thoughts on these talking heads and pundits. You can read them here.
UPDATE 2—Don Surber expands on Stacy’s thoughts. (H/T, Instapundit)