Gun Violence Leading to Increased Number of Homicides, MSNBC proclaims. That makes about as much sense as Pool Accidents Leading to Increased Number of Drownings. Anyway, another day, another piece of anti-gun agitprop from the network that’s never met a gun control law it doesn’t like. Or an aspiring statist. (Connect the dots.) In this case, St. Louis’ top cop Sam Dotson tells MSNBC that the increase in gang bangers’ firearms-related homicides is down to Missouri’s gun rights restoration. How’s this rapid fire quote for a sterling example of distorting the truth about guns . . .
Now because there are no real requirements to buy a gun you have to go through a background check but you don’t need a permit, people are putting guns into situations where they weren’t there before. That’s really what I think the change is. That they’re so available they’re in the hands of people who don’t understand the consequences of pulling the trigger. We’ve seen increase of young people with guns, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people willing to use guns in violence. It’s an epidemic and that’s why the CDC has called it a health crisis.
I’m thinking there’s more here than meets Chief Dotson’s authoritarian eye.
Lest we forget, Missouri was home to some major unpleasantness in Ferguson, which led to less aggressive policing. But really, who knows? As fox2now.com pointed out in its article St. Louis named murder capital of the U.S., “Regarding the increase in murders from 2014 to 2015 in major U.S. cities, most experts agree that it will be years before the reasons are clear — if reasons exist at all. The increase could end up being an anomalous year-to-year spike.”
One thing we know for sure: proponents of civilian disarmament see every firearms-related statistic as a reason to pass new, draconian, ineffective gun control laws.