Jason Kilgore of the Joyce Foundation has written another article that’s 99.9% tripe, but he DOES touch on one interesting notion:
Of course, many countries in Latin America are extremely violent, thanks to the drug trade. Adding armed guards in every school, office, and even ATM hasn’t stopped the violence there, proving beyond a reasonable doubt the foolishness of the NRA’s suggestion of militarizing school campuses to keep kids safe.
It was a throwaway line from Jason, but he really hits on a HUGE point. Latin America generally has VERY high crime, a good portion of that crime is “gun crime”, despite strong laws against private ownership and carry. Most of these countries have laws that Jason wants here, but they have more violent crime than we do.
Still when you actually LOOK at the crimes you see a similar trend. Antis like to focus on spree shootings when they talk about cases, but they also mention that these events are indeed very rare, and the REAL crimes happen in this volume every day across America. This is the basis for Colin Goddard’s “Living for 32″, was that 32 people were killed on campus that day, but that number is roughly the DAILY “Gun Death” rate in America.
But we don’t have a spree shooting in a school or mall or movie theater every day. We also simply don’t have spree shootings in areas without extra anti-gun laws. Where do these shootings happen?
Inner cities. Why those places? Well look at who DOES the shooting, and frankly who gets shot. Gang members. Gangs of course are social groups, but the difference between gangs and clubs are that gangs make their money, and their status through the sale of drugs.
They are the American drug cartels. Drugs are illegal, as are the other criminal acts done by gangs. Most gang members have criminal an incarceration histories. Gangs exist in pro-gun states, as well as anti-gun states. The laws don’t matter to them, there is a public demand for recreational drugs, and they can make money off of it. They can’t use our justice system to settle disputes within this trade, so they handle it “In House” with violence. Its not always guns, they’re just as likely to stab or beat each other to death than shoot.
All this talk of “Gun Control” while overlooking the real problem is barking up the wrong tree.
Is there any other reason why Jason didn’t expand on that issue?