Via Joan Peterson I found another reason why New Yorker Magazine is only fit for fire kindling:
A new study released today indicates that Americans are safe from the threat of gun violence except in schools, malls, airports, movie theatres, workplaces, streets, and their own homes.
Also: highways, turnpikes, libraries, places of worship, parks, universities, restaurants, post offices, and cars.
It goes on for a while like that. Har har! My folks had a subscription to the New Yorker when I was in High School (I think Dad got it for free from some promotion), and even the “Progressive” and immature me was disgusted by it. It’s just filled with poorly drawn cartoons, and essays and articles written by uber-“Progressives” who were happy to vote for people like Michael Bloomberg as often as they could, and who considered Rudy Giuliani to be a Conservative Monster vastly to the right of Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan, and Richard Nixon.
Still in the tone-deaf nature of this little diddy, you got to think. From the seething hatred the author projects onto Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, the obvious message is we are stupid to the point of being suicidal for not simply banning guns.
Of course you waive the magic wand and all “Gun Death”, “Gun Violence”, and Guns in general vanish from the world, are we really safe? Of course not, horrible violence has always existed, even before guns and gunpowder were invented, and in places where guns have been banned so severely, shootings still happen, but beatings and stabbings become more common place. Say in the city where the New Yorker is published:
In 2008, even as gun killings fell, the number of killings committed with knives or other “cutting instruments” rose 50 percent in New York City, the Police Department said: to 125 from 83. Some other large cities saw no such increase last year, and police officials and experts are at a loss to explain what is either a new trend or a spike.
Of course the drop in shootings was false, as Michael Bloomberg had pressured NYPD to cover up many of the city’s shooting. Still even if it was true, with record lows in 2008 of “Gun Death” in NYC there were still more dead bodies in the city by means of violence than ever before.
So this whole article could be re-written with the word “gun” omitted from “Gun Violence” and the story would read the same. Indeed you are NEVER safe from violence, even if you live in a good neighborhood, even if you are locked in your home, even if you are going to school, or going to worship, etc.
Hence why I carry a gun, but they’ll never understand that. Why? Because they have no interest in understanding that.