I’m so glad Gary didn’t take his ball and go home, but him and Mr. Kazmark should have researched those NRA talking points they’ve been parroting.
Oh, and the li’l anecdote about the 50-year-old who was getting robbed on Minnesota Ave.? If he was using a pistol, which I’d bet he was, it proves my point. He didn’t need a semi-auto to protect himself.
Like I said before, I realize we’re not going to stop every mad dog, but I don’t think we should give him or her easy access to titanium fangs, either.
The gun-free zone argument that, if everybody was packing, the next sociopath who went armed into a crowded area, eager to begin his blood-soaked power trip would find Mr. “law-abiding gun owner” who would rip off his shirt, pull out his guns and get all Bruce Willis on their butt, that only happens in the movies, Gary.
I’m talking spree killers, not muggers. Muggers generally don’t want to kill anybody and they’re not willing to die, to get what they want. Spree killers are.
I saved the best for last, Gary, because it was just too good. You said if I crack a book and find out that Utah, Vermont and Texas have less restrictive gun laws and not nearly the murders of NYC (Let’s include them too), Washington D.C. and Chicago. You asked why that was. So, I did crack a book, The World Almanac, and I found the answer. Are you ready?
Population density. In other words, Chicago and Washington have more people, per square mile, than in Texas, Utah and Vermont, put together. Heck, the overall population of Utah could fit in Chicago and you’d still have room for 100,000 more. Here’s the info for you.
State, Pop Per sq mile, Sq mi., Population
Utah, 27.2, 84,899 2,736,424.
Vermont, 65.8, 9,614. 621,270
Texas, 75.1, 268,581, 24,326,974
Chicago, 12,251, 227.1, 2,896,000
NYC, 23,701, 309, 8,008,000
Washington, D.C., 9,883, 61.4, 572,000
In other words, lots of people in a small area = more crime, fewer people = less crime. It’s hard to get mad enough to murder your neighbor, when he lives five miles away. It’s why East Otto doesn’t need as many police as Buffalo does. Get it now?
But, I found out another goodie, 25 cities with the highest crime rates. Guess what? Five of the cities listed were in Texas!
Corpus Christi, Texas was No. 7, Lubbock, Texas was No. 14, Laredo, Texas was No. 17, Wichita Falls, Texas was No. 19 and Waco, Texas was No. 22. I guess Texas isn’t the blissful, crime-free place you thought it was.