Sunday, June 5, 2016

An armed society is a polite society (infants excepted)

Father shoots his 1-year-old daughter, tries to shoot the mother but gun jams, then shoots self.

This one has it all.

"Harewood had a conceal carry permit and was an instructor for conceal carry permits, Barrera said."

The comments are interesting.  Hillsborough is a typically overgunned, white, rural county seat town, no gangs, no grizzly bears, no lurking Arab terrorists, no scary black dudes. But the poor (median family income $37,000), white (90%) Teadiots (Obama lost 11-6) of Highland County apparently see no reason to wonder why a loaded firearm was necessary for a family gathering.


  1. This didn't happen:

    A 25-year-old gay man named Tom G. Palmer was walking in San Jose one day with a gay friend. They were accosted by “19 or 20” men. “They’ll never find your bodies,” the criminals said. Palmer drew his handgun, and the criminals fled. This was typical; about three-quarters of firearms deployments for self-defense end the crime immediately, without a shot being fired. (Gary Kleck, “Armed Resistance to Crime,” Journal of Crim. Law & Criminology, 1995, p. 185.)

  2. This did:

    You like to claim numeracy. You might want to think about what your reference means in the context of the absurd claim that 2.5 million crimes are prevented by armed citizens.

  3. The claim to which you provided no link?

    Come back with something real, and then we can talk about plausibility. (Pro-tip: just because journalists don't report something doesn't mean it didn't happen.)

  4. Hard to argue with this one:

    "It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away," Sheats wrote in March on her Facebook page, "but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns." -- said the gun nut mother who shot her daughters to death

  5. Harry, what isn't hard to argue with is that you treat things unreported in newspapers as if they didn't happen.

    Given journalism's selection bias -- if it bleeds, it leads -- then your festival of anecdotes only raises the suspicion you have absolutely no idea how news works.