Howard Nemerov at PJ Media takes on Ezra “The Constitution is like 100 years old or something” Klein on his fact challenged Washington Post column:
Soon after the Aurora mass murder, Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein waded into the fray, citing curious data to “prove” that we need more gun control to make society safer. But what he said and how he said things show he’s just another anti-rights elitist using tragedy to advance his agenda.
Klein displayed bias by claiming that not politicizing the Aurora shooting is only to halt discussing gun control:
The aftermath of the Aurora, Colorado shootings has been thick with calls to avoid “politicizing” the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for “don’t talk about reforming our gun control laws.”
His assumption is code for “the only desirable outcome here is more gun control.” Klein’s politicizing is okay; your desire to have a viable self-defense tool—and not be held accountable for a murderer’s actions—is not.
Mr. Klein, why has the civil right of self-defense become political?
Klein attempts to make six major points in his defense of gun control.
I’ve listed them here, these are all similar to points that have been expressed on this site as well – go read the full piece and you will see how the data says differently:
1. America is an unusually violent country.
2. The South is the most violent region in the United States.
3. Gun ownership in the United States is declining overall.
4. More guns tend to mean more homicide.
5. States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence.
6. Gun control is not politically popular.