Elder Patriot – We are by nature an optimistic lot and would like to trust our legislators to do the right thing by us. Unfortunately, we are all too accepting of the government’s history of abject failure in virtually every program they’ve sold us.
From the ponzi schemes of Social Security and Medicare, to the Marxist indoctrination camps that masquerade as public schools, to the massive cost overruns of Obamacare that made healthcare a living hell for the vast majority of Americans, Democrats have led the way in defrauding the American people of their wealth and freedom.
This is not to say that decepticon Republicans haven’t been ready and willing to do their part, when necessary, to bring these programs to life. Or, to block their repeal, as John McCain did, with Obamacare, when their votes were necessary.
It’s time to admit that we’ve been lied to by politicians and their media propagandists that have been bought and paid for by those with trillions of dollars at stake – the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the Koch Brothers, international bankers, multinational corporations, Wall Street, and foreign governments.
Money talks and bullshit walks.
And now establishment politicians are once again using the tragedy of two mass shootings to lobby for greater gun control. As the heart of their argument is a paper on mass public shootings attributed to Adam Lankford.
Lankford claimed that over the 47 years from 1966 to 2012, an enormous amount of the world’s mass public shooters — 31% — occurred in the United States. Lankford attributed this to America’s gun ownership.
Lankford claims to have “complete” data on such shooters in 171 countries. However, when Lankford was asked to share his data set with investigators he refused, thereby making peer review impossible.
Red flags were raised because of the extreme difficulty in finding mass shooting cases in remote parts of the world going back to 1966. The lack of media coverage could easily lead to under-counting of foreign mass shootings, which would falsely lead to the conclusion that the U.S. has such a large share.
Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and world-recognized expert on guns and crime, and the founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, asked for, and was denied, access to Lankford’s data set.
No one less than Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”
Lott set about doing a scientific study of available data and what he found is we’re being lied to.
Lankford’s study reported that from 1966 to 2012, there were 90 public mass shooters in the United States and 202 in the rest of the world. We find that Lankford’s data represent a gross undercount of foreign attacks. Our list contains 1,448 attacks and at least 3,081 shooters outside the United States over just the last 15 years of the period that Lankford examined. We find at least fifteen times more mass public shooters than Lankford in less than a third the number of years.
Even when we use coding choices that are most charitable to Lankford, his 31 percent estimate of the US’s share of world mass public shooters is cut by over 95 percent. By our count, the US makes up less than 1.43% of the mass public shooters, 2.11% of their murders, and 2.88% of their attacks. All these are much less than the US’s 4.6% share of the world population. Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than in other countries, they are also much less deadly on average.
There are 61 countries with higher murder rates from these mass public shootings. This includes Russia, Norway, Finland, and Switzerland, with rates that are all at least 45% higher than the US rate.
There’s a reason the Framers permanently enshrined the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, just as there’s a reason that today’s ruling class want to severely limit your gun ownership.
The Framers could have left it to future Congresses or the states to determine the importance of gun ownership. But they didn’t. Instead, they made it second in priority only to the right to free speech.
The Framers knew that without the ability to defend them, your other rights mean nothing.
Ask the Chinese.