Kevin D. Williamson:
The United States has a homicide rate … which is much higher than that of most Western European or Anglosphere countries …
Of course, it’s well-known that the U.S. has had higher homicide rates for centuries. Even so:
… the relationship between gun regulation and homicide is by no means straightforward: Gun-loving Switzerland has a lower rate of homicide than do more tightly regulated countries such as the United Kingdom and Sweden. Cuba, being a police state, has very strict gun laws, but it has a higher homicide rate than does the United States …
But still, guns lead to deaths, right:
We hear a lot about “gun deaths” in the United States, but we hear less often the fact that the great majority of those deaths are suicides — more than two-thirds of them.
You know what’s a popular way to commit suicide in western Europe? Overdosing on acetaminophen. Thus, reasonable comparisons of gun death would include some information about other forms of unnatural death. E-mail me when you find that legacy media article comparing gun deaths to Tylenol deaths.
And we worry about money running everything in D.C. Hardly:
… perhaps you have heard that the National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful and feared lobbies on Capitol Hill. What you probably have not heard is that it is nowhere near the top of the list of Washington money-movers. In terms of campaign contributions, the NRA is not in the top five or top ten or top 100: It is No. 228.
For my part, a real sign of innumeracy is the inability to recognize the problematic scale of the numbers in Washington: we worry about lobbyists spending millions to influence votes on decisions about thousands of millions. Worrying about this demonstrates your functional innumeracy.
Read the whole thing in National Review Online.
Via Newmark’s Door.
Full Disclosure: I don’t own a gun. I fired them a few times in Boy Scouts. I’m not an NRA member, although I enjoy using the free stickers they send us once in a while. And … oh year … I’m not sure I believe in pressure cooker control either, but the argument for that is just as reasonable as that for gun control.