…is the non-ironic or non-satirical use of the phrase, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” I am not anti-gun ownership, but this is a quite obviously, even trivially stupid slogan. One could substitute practically anything into this scheme and have it “work”: Knives don’t stab people, people stab people! Food doesn’t nourish people, people nourish people! Dildos don’t…OK, I’ve made my point.
So it comes as non surprise whatsoever that good old Skip, continuing to ensure that Granite Grok remains the locus of boisterous idiocy upon which it stakes its backward reputation, has used this phrase in a post bemoaning the reinstatement of a ban on guns in New Hampshire’s legislative offices and the Upham Walker House, a historic landmark north of downtown Concord. Horrors, right? Skip cites statistics showing that U.S. gun sales rose 12% in 2009 while the murder rate dropped 10%, but he ignores the fact that fair-minded researchers don’t see a correlation and that there are, as always, subtleties (which are not Skip’s strong suit) to consider. And what moved the legislature (which has a significant Democrat majority) to reinstate the ban? In Skip’s own words?
The ban was reinstituted now after several lawmakers said they felt threatened during a vote last March relating to states’ rights, when about 15 armed individuals “shouted threats at members of the House from the gallery,” Hassan said. There were schoolchildren in the gallery at the time.
So whose fucking fault was this, really?
After his usual flurry of gratuitously capitalized words and phrases (“Federal Government,” “Democrat Leadership”) Skip goes on to use the United Kingdom as an example of how tight gun laws don’t lower crime. This is a bizarre strategy, given that the homicide rate in the U.K. is, at last count, three times lower than that in the U.S. TIP: When trying to make a point, don’t cite sources that undermine it. Wingnuts have a real problem in this area.