Gun control advocates aren’t stupid. They know that “a correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other” (wikipedia.org). For example, in the last 14 years, the FBI’s mandatory firearms purchase background system denied some one million sales. In that same time frame, firearms-related crime continued its historic decline. Professional bloody shirt waver Colin Goddard would have you believe that the FBI’s system played a crucial role in reducing “gun violence”—without acknowledging the system’s false positives and the fact that criminals can find alternate ways to tool-up. Or all the other variables such as, say, the soaring number of Americans who’ve applied for a concealed carry permit. The media encourages this kind of illogical thinking. Try this one [via foxnews.com]: “Louisiana authorities say an 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed a 90-year-old woman who was his caregiver after watching a video game with violent themes . . .
East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies did not provide a motive, but they said the boy was playing the video game “Grand Theft Auto IV” — a realistic game that’s been associated with encouraging violence and awards points to players for killing people — just minutes before the fatal shooting. The game is rated “M” for mature audiences and recommended for ages 17 and older.
And there you have it: violent video games cause firearms-related homicides. Setting aside the possibility that the young man might not have been right in the head or that the caregiver might have been up to no good or any number of other variables like, I dunno, coincidence (a.k.a., false synchronicity). Considering the fact that millions of non-‘”M” Grand Theft Auto players don’t shoot anyone ever.
Makes a good story though, especially if you’re trying to push an anti-gun agenda. Here’s another one [via nj.com]:
A block away from a Paterson press conference where Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) was discussing gun control legislation, a man was arrested Friday afternoon for carrying a pistol in his waistband, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.
Nyedair Parker, 21, of Paterson [above] was charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon, possession of hollow point bullets and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, according to the report.
Police received a phone call from an anonymous tipster who saw the gun tucked into Parker’s pants as he walked through a gas station parking lot. Parker was strolling on Lake Street, a block away from Pascrell’s press conference, when he was arrested.
A block away I tell you! One block!
Funny thing about this one, though. The original story at northjersey.com makes it clear that Mr. Parker simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s a punk, not another Jared Lee Loughner out to shoot a Congresscritter and as many innocent bystanders as possible (as implied by the virulently anti-gun nj.com]. Check it:
Apparently, Nyedair Parker didn’t notice all the commotion over on Carroll Street Wednesday afternoon.
While dozens of police officers, politicians, community activists and news reporters converged on St. Luke Baptist Church for a press conference about gun violence, authorities say Parker was walking down the next block with a revolver tucked in his waistband.
The 21-year-old resident of Auburn Street was charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon, possession of hollow point bullets and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, police said.
A cynical man might have a weapon under there. I mean, might conclude that foxnews.com and nj.com deliberately connected dots to make a point. But that would be an excellent example of assuming that correlation does not equal causation. Except, of course, when it does.