Sunday, March 20, 2011
E.J. Dionne--Firearm Idiot
Here is Mr. Dionne, author of an anti-gun op-ed (link above) on Wednesday that discussed President Obama's vapid op-ed last Sunday and is the subject of this posting, on the subject of assault weapons:
“Assault weapons are not for hunting,” Obama said in 2004. “They are the weapons of choice for gang-bangers, drug dealers and terrorists.” Right again.
No. Wrong again. The criminal element wants concealable weapons (pistols). They use shotguns a lot less often, but more often than rifles, which they use hardly at all.
Here are some statistics:
The top 10 guns used in crimes in the U.S. in 2000, according to an unpublished study by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and obtained exclusively by TIME:Here are the real statistics:
1. Smith and Wesson .38 revolver
2. Ruger 9 mm semiautomatic
3. Lorcin Engineering .380 semiautomatic
4. Raven Arms .25 semiautomatic
5. Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun
6. Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic
7. Smith and Wesson .357 revolver
8. Bryco Arms 9mm semiautomatic
9. Bryco Arms .380 semiautomatic
10. Davis Industries .380 semiautomatic
The list is derived from the center's investigations of 88,570 guns recovered from crime scenes in 46 cities in 2000...
Assault weapons are not the weapons of choice among drug dealers, gang members or criminals in general. Assault weapons are used in about one-fifth of one percent (.2%) of all violent crimes and about one percent in gun crimes.So why this false insistence by the firearm ignorant that criminals, et al. actually use assault weapons more than two times per 1,000 criminal acts? The answer it seems comes from a 1994 Washington Post editorial:
No one should have any illusions about what was accomplished [by the assault weapon ban]. Assault weapons play a part in only a small percentage of crime. The provision is mainly symbolic; its virtue will be if it turns out to be, as hoped, a stepping stone to broader gun control. (Emphasis added).Besides, the military like semi-automatic rifles called assault weapons sound and look really scary.
Labels: E.J. Dionne; Firearm Ignorance
Ok, I keep trying to post a comment and it fails, maybe because of the html links and its length. If you need links, I'll send them to you.
Ok, I just did a search for a debunking of the psyops story, and here is what I came up with: a Wash Post story, this blog post (jim hanson at a site called bigpeace), and a couple WSJ articles, fairly similar to the WaPo story. The blog post basically reiterates what the other articles say, only in a much more profoundly douchey way. But both pieces had several issues:
I don't know if these are the sources you saw, so if there are other ones with more to say, please point them out to me, because I couldn't find anything else. But if not, then I'd hardly call it "totally debunked".