American Elephants

And Just What Will Actually Prevent Another Tragedy? by The Elephant's Child

Disgusting.  Prominent Lefties are preying on traumatized kids. What could be more useful than a crusade by the children who survived a massacre to see their friends shot down, to further the Leftist goal of gun control? George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfree (of course), Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg have each pledged  $500,000 to the student gun control “March for Our Lives.”

Two million dollars can certainly pay for a lot of school buses and hotel accommodations. It probably could have paid for a significant number of metal detectors, or a fund for school guards, but the emotional weight of traumatized kids is more valuable to push for “gun control.” And just what sort of personal protection do each of these fat cats have? Body guards? Guards for their residences? Electronic devices? Of course.

What lefties fail to understand is that ordinary Americans oppose gun control, not out of a passion for the NRA, but because gun control simply does not work. It has been tried over and over in many cities,and  many countries, and the shootings go on.  A new favorite weapon is a truck. You can mow down a lot of people with a truck. Google the Nice attack.

Most of our public buildings are protected.  The capitol in Washington D.C. is thoroughly guarded. Every Federal building is guarded. Our State houses have metal detectors and guards. Courthouses have metal detectors and guards. Schools often have Gun Free Zones.

CNN has been urging the kids on, putting them on camera as often as possible. That is not only not healthy for the children, it is exploitative.  What is that doing to these kids lives? These teenagers were from 14 to 18 years-old.  Two years ago the 14 year-old was 12. Six years ago the 18 year-old was 12. They are still children and can contribute nothing useful to the conversation. We know that what they have been through will have a life-changing effect. Exhibiting them is a typical Leftist response—they want to use the emotion for their own purposes without a single thought or care for the welfare of the kids. That is what exploitation is.

It takes some time to study up, to familiarize oneself with guns, to study the statistics and see what is really happening. Much easier to start blathering about “assault weapons” and “AK 47s” without having any idea what they are and what their uses are.

Chicago has the strictest gun control regulations in the country, and the highest rate of murders and gun violence.The Chicago Police Department released statistics in January that show the number of homicides fell from 771  in 2016 to 650 last year. The number of shootings dropped from 3,550 to 2,785 during the same period. Baltimore has blamed their record high (more than 300) murder rate on lower Police presence. Lower police presence? The media made a great deal of the high-profile cases of police brutality, and police consequently backed off in neighborhoods.

The Left has gone into “overdrive” as John Hinderaker said at Powerline, demanding gun control, any gun control, same old proposals, none new and none that would have prevented the Parkland murders. The potential reforms lie in the areas of law enforcement and mental health, not banning firearms.

Leah Libresco is a statistician and former newswriter at FiveThirtyEight, a data journalism site.  She was a gun-control advocate until she and her colleagues at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year.

We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence. The best ideas left standing were narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.

The Washington Post Editorial Board, very left, is a proponent of gun control, but deserves some credit for considering both sides of the debate. The goal of the Left does not seem to be in saving lives, but in banning guns, eliminating the Second Amendment, banning the NRA which donates to the GOP. They want to decriminalize crimes and reduce the prison population. That’s supposed to appeal to blacks in high-crime areas who may have family members in prison. When crime statistics go down, it is usually because more criminals are incarcerated. Repeat offenders are not unusual. The Left does not do statistics, they do feelings. And that is a problem.

(Michael Rameriz cartoon is not this year, but pertinent)

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