In the NRA version of America criminals roam the streets of large cities killing at will unless brave citizens are allowed to carry weapons and shoot down the bad guys. Of course, in this fantasy world, facts and figures are not part of the National Rifle Association view of reality. In the 1970s, New York City had over 2,000 murders and last year it was under 700, figures which are consistent with murder rates in other parts of the country. Senator John Thume of South Dakota is sponsoring a bill allowing anyone from a state which legalizes carrying a concealed weapon to be able to carry a concealed weapon all over the nation– we are certain Senator Thume will soon fight for an amendment that any nation receiving aid from America must allow its citizens to enter their nation with a concealed weapon.
Senator Thume offered as a rationale for his bill that if people from his fair state who went to New York City as tourists and could bring along their concealed weapon, “Central Park would be a much safer place.” Unfortunately, for this argument, there were no murders in Central Park in the past year and only three serious assaults. Back in his native Sioux Falls where NRA idiots can carry around concealed weapons there were five murders and 341 assaults. For some reason unknown to this writer those with concealed weapons did not use them to prevent the assaults. Could it be that talking about bravery for NRA supporters is really what they mean rather than actually doing anything with the concealed gun.
Americans continue believing that crime is rising and threatens the individual citizen. Any historian of the history of crime would be able to prove America in 2009 is among the least crime ridden societies in human history. But, when it comes to reading the history of crime, you can give NRA members an “F.”
If a rational idea about weapons ever entered the mind of an NRA supporter it would die of loneliness.