The New York Times is busy fear-mongering again.
Earlier this month their Editorial Board published an op-ed decrying what they call “the gun epidemic in America.” It’s interesting commentary, if only as a look into the twisted, confused mind of the liberal coastal elites. The Times has only harsh vitriol for those of us who defend the right of every American to defend themselves from others who would do them harm. I mean, just read this bit of hyperbolic nonsense, “It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.”
The statement is absurd. There are a large number of things that can kill people with brutal speed and efficiency, even if they weren’t designed to do so. The design of the tool, the reason for its existence, does not have any bearing on its inherent morality. For example, while the New York Times believes that guns have been “designed to kill people,” I would argue that this view is wrong. I believe that guns are “designed to defend people” — does that mean that guns are now “moral”?
No. Inanimate objects can be neither moral or immoral. Only humans can be such. So a gun in the hands of an immoral person may be used for evil, while in the hands of a moral person used for good. The gun is amoral.
All of this misses a greater point that the New York Times Editorial board obviously ignored. There is NO gun epidemic in the United States today. Nope. Not at all.
How do I know? The FBI (by way of the Washington Examiner) tells us so. The latest data from the FBI shows that murders in the United States are at an all-time low.
It’s not just murders either. Violent crime in general is down… way down. We’ve cut violent crime by more than 50% since 1991 and property crime by 43%. In fact, 2013 was the least violent year we’ve seen since at least 1970. Sadly, most Americans don’t seem to know that our streets are safer than they’ve been in almost 50 years.
According to a Gallup poll from November 2014, despite dramatic declines in the nation’s violent crime rate, a majority of Americans say “there is more crime in the U.S. than there was a year ago,” which reflects a long-term Gallup trend. Currently, 63 percent of Americans believe crime is up over last year. The reality, again, is different. Crime statistics released by the FBI also in November 2014 revealed that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased by 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased by 4.1 percent.
Government statistics show that, except for some small blips, serious crime has decreased almost every year from 1994 through 2013.
While researchers aren’t quite sure why Americans think crime and violence are wreaking havoc in America… I think I know the answer.
It’s the media’s fault.
I know, I know, it’s easy to blame the media. We blame the media for everything. Well, I’m dubious at how much we have to blame the media for but on this one thing, I think it is safe to say it is their fault. Why? Consider what you’ll see in the local and national news tonight. Violence, crime, hate, evil… our news media is inundated with stories of fear and dread. So most Americans believe that crime is rampant, violence is everywhere and that there is a “gun epidemic.”
Well, I have news for you and the New York Times. Violence is down. WAY DOWN. Gun Ownership is up. WAY UP. In fact, Mr. New York Times, gun ownership in America is at an all time high (and continues climbing). Meanwhile, violent crime and murder are at all time lows. Correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation, but when you study the data, these two factors seem to go hand in hand.
There is no “gun epidemic.” There was a “crime epidemic,” but gun ownership seems to have fixed that problem.
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