Maybe it’s not the guns

The incident in San Bernardino, California, yesterday adds to a recent wave of shootings has sparked the leftist dialog demanding more gun control. Liberal thinkers everywhere fall into the lemming-like line of thought stating more gun laws will somehow stop this madness. The story line is increasing in volume and frequency that America is a dangerous place with all of those guns out there. And President Obama and Hillary Clinton lead the charge in demanding something be done about it. But do what? Impose more laws in a state like…

Blind Spot: The exaggerated risks of and solutions to mass shooting

Whenever there’s a high-profile mass shooting, there is no shortage of people demanding that we “do something.” While these demands are well-intentioned, they’re also equally ill-informed and ill-conceived. One of the immediate problems comes in the risk assessment. If you are overestimating the likelihood or severity of a given scenario, the prescribed solution is almost guaranteed to be a gross overreaction. FiveThirtyEight has done a great job at breaking down the numbers on this. Their conclusion? However mass shootings are defined, the deaths they cause represent a small proportion of…

Will more gun control laws prevent mass shootings?

Another day and another mass shooting in a public setting. This time a mentally deranged individual brought an arsenal in to Umpqua Community College in Oregon. When the smoked cleared, nine were dead and many more wounded. The scene must have been a tragic one, but the mental failings of the shooter and the pain of the victims have been lost in another gun control firestorm for the left. The press marches along complicitly with the gun control talking points when there are much more pressing and deeper issues at…

How Gun Control Led to the Bill of Rights

In 1666, much of London was destroyed by fire. While the main culprit were tightly packed wooden buildings, a primary accelerant to the fire was various stores of gunpowder and other arms ignited by the flames. Much of the powder was in the homes of private citizens, left there from the days of the English Civil War. The Tower of London alone stored five-hundred tons of powder. This was the beginning of modern municipal fire codes. And a new principle of city planning realized centralizing gunpowder in a separate building,…

Emblematic of nothing

I will never watch Elliot Rodger’s videos. I just refuse to give that subhuman animal the postmortem satisfaction. He wanted CNN to run his video in a loop. He yearned for sociologists, psychologists and anyone with a PhD to discuss his psyche. He had to accomplish the very worst of fetes for us to notice him. And every one of you that watched his videos, debated his motives or used him as an example of larger societal ills allowed him a measure of victory in death that his warped, execrable…

I Read Elliot Rodger’s 137-Page Manifesto So You Don’t Have To

Is the Elliot Rodger story about guns? Not really. He used a knife to kill three people before he started shooting, but California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and he passed the background checks and managed to buy three guns over a year. Is the Elliot Rodger story about misogyny? Not really. He blamed his evil on women, but when it came time to kill, he wanted to kill everyone. Is the Elliot Rodger story about mental illness? Partially. He had several diagnoses but he…