Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mexico, Gangs and the Failed State

You need to watch this video report:

Citizens Fighting Crime in Mexico

The report, by Deutche Welle, shows what happens when the government and the police fail to control criminal gangs.  The people arm themselves any way they can and fight back.  I have often thought that the main reason Mexican gang violence has not spilled across the border is they know Americans are armed to the teeth and will fight back if pushed.

I suspect that the violence will spill over once Mexico completely collapses.  Its due. Think civil war.

Of course, the anti-gun crowd would disarm law abiding citizens in America and probably Mexico too, first.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Violent Gun Crime at Lowest Since 1993, So What is the Panic?

Even though I posted this to Facebook and Twitter I thought I better post this somewhere more permanent.

Here is the Reality Check:

Gun Violence Down 49% Since 1993 Peak Despite Public Perception Of High Crime


See the anti-gun crowd wants you to think that it is all about evil guns. The reality is that the aging of the Baby Boomer generation has probably done more to reduce violent crime than all the gun laws.  They want you to think it is all about guns, while they ignore the almost total collapse of institutional mental health care in the U.S. (Because they do not want to have to pay for it, IMHO.) Nor do they want to address the pernicious role of the news media in encouraging and facilitating the media notoriety that these mass killers crave, and which inspires new sick copy-cat killers.  (They argue that freedom of the Press is protected by the First Amendment, well my guns are protected by the Second Amendment, so why should their Amendment be any more sacred than mine?)

So if gun violence is at a low point, why all the panic? Is it political slight of hand, so that you do not notice that the politicians have done nothing about the too-big-to-fail-banks, wars, out of control spending, massive power grab against our civil liberties, crumbling infrastructure and lack of leadership?

You want to know why the anti-gun movement has no wind in its sails?  Its not the "evil" NRA, its that most Americans have a good sense that things are not nearly as violent as the liberals seem to want them to believe.