(No word yet on his attitude toward the animal who actually committed the crime.)
In today's offering, Dionne decries the fact that studies reveal a need to reduce the number of guns in this country and nothing is being done about it. From "Lax Laws Lead To Deaths, Thanks To Gun Lobby" he cites the following:
Arguments that gun regulation won't do anything were justified with citations of academic studies that offer mixed or inconclusive verdicts.Hard to get around those statistics, huh?
In the wake of last week's killings in Colorado, these studies were deployed to hide the elephant in the room: that our country is the scene of more gun deaths than any other wealthy nation in the world.
And it isn't even close.
A study last year in the Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care analyzed gun death statistics for 2003 from the World Health Organization Mortality Database.
It found that 80% of all firearms deaths in 23 industrialized countries occurred in the U.S.
For women, the figure rose to 86%; for children 14 and under, to 87%.
But then here is another study that deep-thinker Dionne somehow didn't include in his call for fewer guns:
States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes.
Ultimately that's what we all want. Isn't it, E.J.? A drop in violent crime?
If so, shouldn't you be demanding - if studies are important to you - more gun ownership?
E.J. Dionne is right. The U.S. has an inordinate number of "firearms deaths."
And an inordinate percentage of them occur in states with draconian gun laws.
Something he will never admit.
So what's his real point?
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Rich Lowry: "If the proliferation of guns were the cause of violence, the country would look like Mogadishu."