We libruls are coming to your house with our hammers and baseball bats looking for your unregistered guns, okay?
The new meme among gun absolutists appears to be hammers. “Why did you elect to report on guns as a choice of weapon, when according to current F.B.I. stats, bear claw hammers and baseball bats are the number 1 and number 2 choice of weapon?” wrote a pro-gun reader: “Guns are 3rd.” When I was interviewing Second Amendment absolutists for Saturday’s column, I heard the same thing. ... Joe Nocera, NYT
Nocera and Jennifer Mascia at the Times have been keeping track of what gun supporters have been saying -- and who their victims have been.
Guess what? It doesn’t appear to be true, as Slate reported in February. According to F.B.I. data, if you add up all the non-gun methods used to kill people in 2011 (fire, drowning, poison, strangling, hammers, etc.), you get 4,081 non-gun homicides. That’s fewer than half of the F.B.I.’s reported 8,583 gun homicides in 2011. Guns killed more than 17 times more people than hammers and are responsible for nearly 70 percent of total murders. Indeed, Slate reported, “only 496 people were killed by blunt objects, a category that includes not just hammers and baseball bats but crowbars, rocks, paving stones, statuettes, and electric guitars.” ...Nocera, NYT
So much for the weapon. How about the newest victims? There's a big bunch of them. They're real -- like babies and older kids and adults. And these are real reports, not stuff allegedly coming from the FBI that turns out to be bullshit. Here are a couple of samples from the list:
A 2-year-old child has died following a shooting in Birmingham, Ala., early Sunday. A woman and her son, Nazario Boykins, were found shot at 913 8th Avenue West just after midnight. The child died at 2:56 p.m. The suspect, Andre Boykins Jr., 24, is the brother of the woman who was shot. Police have charged him with attempted murder. —AL.com
Kortez McRae, 17, died after he was shot in the head early Sunday at a party in Cleveland, Ohio. Kortez was involved in an argument that spilled outside. The dispute seemed to calm down until another teen walked up to Kortez and shot him in the head. The suspect is believed to be a 17-year-old boy. —Cleveland.com