"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
The gun debate rages on. What a waste of time. It was settled over two
hundred years ago. One would wonder what else is going on in the world
where we need to focus on such a divisive issue. What's going on that
the powers that be need us paying attention to this issue, yelling and
screaming at each other, rather than something of real importance? What
issue are they trying to hide from us while our focus lies with the gun
issue? I don't know. I know the economy is bad. Some say it's about to
implode. I know the Federal Reserve continues its fraudulent practices.
Is something about to happen on that front? Are they finally going to
arrest the bankster criminals? Are we about to see rampant hyper
inflation? Is World War III about to be launched? Are they getting ready
to unleash hell upon this world? I hope not. Still, I think this debate
might be some kind of distraction.
Why would I say that? Well, for one thing, the mainstream media allowed
Alex Jones to go on live television with Piers Morgan. That's right, we
all got to see AJ have a meltdown on national TV, scream and yell, and
challenge Piers Morgan to a fight. It wasn't the prettiest sight to see
and the gun grabbers that saw his performance can now make the argument
that by his example gun owners are all violent, mentally unstable
Of course, you and I know that's not true. Anyone who listens to AJ
knows his schtick. He gets passionate about his rights and he's willing
to fight for them. I guess I can't really blame him for that. But those
people are the choir. People listening to Alex Jones already likely
understand the principles of freedom and why we need to exercise our
rights. Alex had a chance to get on the TV and win over some hearts and
minds. I respect Alex for the work he's done, but in my opinion he
failed miserably with his performance the other night. I doubt very much
that he changed one anti 2nd amendment person's mind with his
performance, and he may have even shifted some people who were on the
fence over to their side.
Now, I think Alex had the right idea, but his presentation was less than
stellar. Piers, with his statistics and his calm demeanor, was trying
to frame the debate in such a way that he couldn't loose. Alex wanted
the debate framed differently. But when Piers asks the question about
the number of gun murders in Great Britain and Wales, to come back with a
question about monkeys dancing on the head of a pin just made Alex
sound nonsensical and cartoonish. Then his ranting and raving solidified
his appearance of being insane. He should have calmed down. I think he
could have been better prepared.
Now, I can't say that I would do any better, it's easy to be critical
sitting at home, but I'll tell you one thing, I would always try to
answer any question about statistics with the above quote by Mark Twain.
What would have made it even better in this case is that Mark Twain
attributed it to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, so Piers
Morgan should have respect for him to. I would go on to say that
statistics are oft times manipulated, used bolster weak arguments and
used to divert attention away from the real issue, in this case the
issue of what the founders intentions were when they included the 2nd
amendment in the Bill of Rights and whether or not people have the right
to self defense regardless of what the government says or whether or
not there even is a 2nd amendment. There is a larger, more philosophical
argument here of whether or not we own ourselves and whether or not we
can make our own decisions on how to protect ourselves and our families.
Then, after finding out how many gun murders there were in the UK last year, Piers says there was 35 but other sources say 59,
I would have asked Piers how many lives were saved by guns last year?
How many children's lives were saved by guns last year? I don't know the
answer to those questions. I doubt that he would have known the answer
to those questions. I would have told him I don't even know if they keep
those statistics. I don't even think there is a way to keep those
statistics because there's no way of knowing how many lives were saved
when a killer is stopped. How many others would a killer have killed if
the person with the gun didn't stop them when he or she did? But I would
bet that there were more lives saved in the United States last year
because of guns than there were killed by guns in the UK.
That's a statistic you don't hear much about. As it turns out, according
to Ben Swann of Reality Check, there was 260 justifiable gun homicides
by private citizens last year. That's at least 260 lives saved. But we
don't really know how many lives were truly saved because we don't know
how many others would have fallen victim to the now dead criminal. And
that's not counting the criminals who were stopped by guns but not
killed and were later jailed. How many lives were saved because they
were taken off the streets? How many rapes were stopped? How many other
violent crimes were stopped? And how many crimes weren't even committed
because criminals were afraid their would be victims might have guns?
The numbers keep growing. Where are the statistics for those situations?
Now here's where I put the final nail in Piers Morgan's arguments. Oft
time those who wish to force social order upon everyone through force of
law make the claim that the law is worth it if just one child's life is
saved. It's worth having laws forcing people to wear seatbelts if just
one child's life is saved. It's worth going through airport porno
scanners or having a TSA agent sexually assault you if it prevents just
one terrorist attack or saves the life of just one child. Well then,
isn't it worth preventing the government from violating our 2nd
amendment right if such a prevention will save the life of just one
child? Think about it. It might not matter to Piers Morgan, but it will
matter to that child.
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