Over at National Review we see David French donning the holy gunfighter’s duster and cowboy miter. Having neatly set the brethren in their pews ($19.99 a year online, $29.50 in print) he bids them all lower their heads. And they pray: Oh heavenly bangstick, hallowed be thy aim.
I’m virtually certain that David Frum was simply trolling Twitter (a popular pastime) when he tweeted on Saturday: “Hypothesis: the people who most want to carry are the very last people on earth who should be allowed to carry.”
That was exactly what many Americans were thinking after getting a load of this guy:
As Rolling Stone reported last year, [Michael] Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, had opened fire on an SUV containing Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old African-American high school senior, and three of his friends in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012… Dunn fired 10 bullets at the SUV, then drove away to his hotel without ever calling the cops. Police found no gun in the teenagers’ car, no witnesses reported ever seeing one, and Dunn’s own girlfriend said he’d never mentioned that the boys had a shotgun before he was arrested.
French could at least acknowledge that someone as cold-blooded and homicidal as Dunn should never own a gun. It’s common knowledge that there are many more Americans just like him. But in French’s answer to Frum we’re not talking common sense any more, we’re talking a kind of religion. French himself could not be more worshipful and he gives you the gospel:
In my experience, those individuals who carry do so because they very consciously do not want to belong to the class of citizens that is inherently helpless — totally reliant upon the state to protect not just themselves but their family, friends, and neighbors. If the choice is between protectors and protected, they choose to be protectors.
The .38 Is My Shepherd I Shall Not Want. It’s no more complicated than that. Given the choice between being one of the Chosen and one of the Sheep, French goes with the former. It’s a war out there, Amen. So he shall carry a gun. And he shall be saved. Simple, isn’t it? If only every person in America could be armed 24/7, we could take dominion over this Earth. Or whatever’s left of Beirut, Idaho.
As for you heathens…
The protected class has a different view. The protected class is a dependent class — not economically dependent of course, but dependent on the state in perhaps a more fundamental way (for their very lives)…Walled off from gun culture, they read the occasional, aberrant story of (legal) gun-owner stupidity or recklessness and cower in fear of a nonexistent threat. (While of course blithely sending their kids off to far more dangerous activities, like swimming in neighbors’ pools or riding in neighbors’ cars)…
…or playing jokes on neighbors’ kids…
An Arkansas man faces a murder charge for allegedly gunning down a car filled with teenagers who had wanted to play a prank on his son. One of the passengers, 15-year-old Adrian Broadway, died from a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday.
The teens said they were pranking Willie Noble’s son by covering his car with eggs and leaves, which is when Noble reportedly arrived with a shotgun.
One of the Chosen wouldn’t have eggs and leaves left on his son’s paint job so he shot a 15 year-old girl in the head. I’d like to see where French would hide the moral of this (legal) story in his Bible. Will there be an Errata page? Is it in Misfires And Revelations? Sometimes the good guy with a (legal) gun sends an unarmed teen to (oops) hell. As long as the Good shooters are still well-armed and ready for the Bad shooters, it’s a small price to pay. There are matters of perspective here, but we can leave those to the hippies and Unitarians.
Let me close by countering Mr. Frum’s hypothesis with one of my own: “The people who most want to carry are those who most clearly understand their responsibilities to their families, their friends, and their fellow man.”
Nobody is more serene and calm, and no one is more acutely aware of his own responsibilities to mankind. And the Dalai Lama carries an AK under his vestments. This comports nicely with everything we’re learning about gun nuts.
The study links the abandonment of the background check to an additional 60 or so murders occurring per year in Missouri between 2008 and 2012.
“Coincident exactly with the policy change, there was an immediate upward trajectory to the homicide rates in Missouri,” said Prof Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.
“That upward trajectory did not happen with homicides that did not involve guns; it did not occur to any neighbouring state; the national trend was doing the opposite – it was trending downward; and it was not specific to one or two localities – it was, for the most part, state-wide,” he told BBC News.
But what’s the point in arguing? Or in bothering to notice these things? Gun ownership in America is a cult and it’s insulting to even try and discuss it with the faithful.