I’ve blogged Joe Nocera’s The Gun Report before. The same basic bitch still applies: his “report” is a thinly disguised piece of anti-gun agitprop. The New York Times column is as devoid of context as a half-naked Las Vegas showgirl in full-feathered regalia prancing near the printing press at a bible factory. Nocera’s “simple” list of people who’ve been shot (with links to source stories) leaves one with the impression that all firearms-related injuries and deaths are the same. The point of the polemic: overwhelm reason with sheer weight of numbers. Of course, the incidents cited are most decidedly not much of a muchness. As NYT reader Eric from New Jersey points out . . .
….road rage incident ….
….a convicted felon ….
….wounded inside the Paradise Sheesha Lounge, a hookah bar….
….SOB’s, a nightclub….
….episode of vandalism ….
….shot him in self defense.
….was intoxicated and not cooperating.
….tried to rob ….
….shooting resulted from a gambling argument.
What’s the bet that the New York Times liberals didn’t read any of the stories included in his report? What’s the bet Nocera didn’t even surf the web to get the stories; that he assigned the task to some rich kid interning at The Grey Lady on his way to a cushy job in PR? I’d bet an expensive dinner on it.
Nocera’s been doing this column for nearasdammit a year now. He’s just as willfully pig-ignorant about firearms as he was when he started. Check the intro:
This week, the Missouri state legislature came close to passing a law that would have let residents own a machine gun, and call for the arrest of federal agents if they tried to take it away.
Hey Joe, Missouri residents can own a machine gun right now. Also, please note that hundreds of Missourians have access to machine guns. Sure, they’re police, but police are civilians (and residents) too.
Joe would say that’s OK. That’s different. Cops are trained and restrained. Unlike left-leaning journalists who can’t be bothered to write more than two paragraphs about guns or fact-check his own work. And wouldn’t dream of amending it when a pro-gun reader points out his mistakes.
You want context? There it is.