Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MSNBC Peanut Gallery speaks volumes

I stray from stories of the depressingly sad and outrageous, to a good story that's simply surrounded by idiots.   MSNBC reported yesterday that crime rates have been dropping for the last 20 years.  This is a positive story, I didn't need the author to mention gun rights in order for me to feel this was good news, it's MSNBC so of course, guns are never the correct answer.   But look at this chart of the change in gun laws and how it coincides with a reduction of crime:

I am not an expert but I would certainly claim that expanded gun rights have some evidence of contributing to a reduction in property crime, and violent crime.   The Peanut Gallery comment makers at MSNBC of course can't accept this.   They are what I cal Mad-Libs, which is short for Raving Mad Liberals.  Let's read some of their nonsense:
From spg64-1292127
An increase in legal gun ownership nearly always leads to an increase in illegal gun ownership!

What spg64-xxxxxxx doesn't understand is that tough gun laws ALWAYS increase illegal gun ownership, but not the other way around.  when you take something that is a right, and restrict it, many will hold onto their guns illegally.   This does not make them bad people, it simply means they are defending their rights through passive, rational actions of non-disclosure.  spg64 implies all illegal guns are used by murderers, thieves, rapists and drug dealers, and this simply is not the case.

Toasty McGrath refers to gun owners as the "Murder Lobby":

Man, look how quickly the Murder Lobby jumped on this report to try to credit this with gun ownership. I suspect the NRA saw the headline and sent out a couple of mass emails...
Uneducated reader Shnike writes:
More guns equals less crime does it? I guess that's why the West was such a peaceful, crime-free utopia during the colonization of this country?
Shnike obviously didn't realize the most violent city in the west was Dodge City, with a homicide rate of 1 per 100,000.     Which pales in comparison with Gun-free Chicago's 15.7 per 100,000.

but it doesn't matter how many facts you throw at these people... it doesn't even matter that that they have opinions.   Owning Firearms in America is a right, and no bed-wetting, narcissistic, gun-hater can change it, and it makes them furious!

The real scary part about their opinions is that they are a reflection of their own attitudes... they are people who know they can't handle the responsibility of owning a gun, they would shoot the first person that slightly angers them... so they project that irrational behavior onto everyone else, because that's what they would do.  

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