“Violence is not a crime problem.” Really!?

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedYou’ve heard me speak about the deceptive nature of  Leftists’ gun control argument in which they conflate issues by using the term “gun violence” instead of talking about violence in general. They conflate guns and violence in order to make it appear that the two are joined suggesting that without guns you would not have violence, or at least much less of it.

Leftists go so far as to say such ridiculous things like: “Violence is not a crime problem.”

This is from two Berkeley researchers, Zimring and Hawkins, who appear to believe that simply the presence of guns leads to deadly violence. “A far greater proportion of Los Angeles homicides grow out of arguments and other social encounters between acquaintances [than robbery or rape],” they wrote. Z and H seem to assert that if it were not for guns Los Angeles gang-bangers wouldn’t kill each other.

“Violence is not a crime problem.” Absurd.

Their finding actually demonstrates that guns are not the cause of violence as we all know but the pair assert the presence of guns leads to homicide.

If violence erupts from frictional social encounters or from just plain criminal activity, why would it be good social policy to remove the one effective means an innocent person has to counter such deadly violence?

Research shows that twenty-percent of gun deaths are homicides involving young men from 15 to 34. Are we to believe that without guns this demographic would be less violent?

How does it matter how one is killed or maimed if the result is the same? I don’t think one’s death is any different if it comes by bullet or by some other means such as strangulation, stabbing, poisoning or any of a very long list of means of killing, one is still dead.

If violence erupts from frictional social encounters or from just plain criminal activity, why would it be good social policy to remove the one effective means an innocent person has to counter such deadly violence?

Comments

  1. Its a public health crisis.

    • Pratt on Texas says:

      Health crisis? What is? We have lots of ladders people fall off of too? Are those an “epidemic” or “health crisis?” I don’t understand how this bumper-sticker idea of “public health crisis” works? If it is true should we not simply declare all crime a “public health crisis” and retire our police forces and redeploy doctors, nurses and medics to the streets?

    • Mark Hirst says:

      This statement is nothing but laughable.

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