“My Trace colleague Jennifer Mascia pulled some numbers from the Small Arms Survey, which gauges gun stockpiles in the hands of civilians, law enforcement, and militaries around the world,” The Trace’s email blaster writes. “She found that with an estimated 270 million firearms owned by everyday Americans, civilians own 70 times more weapons than all police and military services combined.” Boldly played sir! Only . . .
police are civilians. Mind you, it’s a common mistake made by statists agitating for civilian disarmament. They view cops as uber-civilians or, as some in these parts like to say, “the only ones.” Which puts them at odds with Black Lives Matter and other left-leaning allies, for whom police vilification is a necessary evil.
Obviously, The Trace doesn’t see it that way. They link to their previous contention that the large number of firearms in non-LEO civilian hands has more to do with “super-owners” than a growing overall number of American gun owners. The enormous and ongoing increase in Americans with [unconstitutional] concealed carry permits puts paid to that theory.
And one more thing . . .
Alexander Historical Auctions emailed their catalogue this am, which includes a cheerful little item: THE PRIMER FOR THE GASSING OF JEWS: “STERILIZATION, DECONTAMINATION AND DISINFECTION”. It’s the official German guide to safe, efficient mass murder. If The Trace and its ilk don’t think that American gun ownership is a bulwark against state-sponsored mass murder, they’re wrong. Never again. Cold dead hands. Etc.