07 April 2009

Anybody else notice...

...how the media has chosen to characterise the recent spate of gangland killings in Vancouver?
They're not "murders" or "killings"... which would presuppose a murderer, or a killer... they are now "targeted shootings"... a clumsy and blatant attempt to place the blame solely on the evil gun. Think I'm making mountains out of molehills? When's the last time you heard of a "targeted knifing", or a "targeted arson"?

A gun is an inanimate object. It has no will, nor can it form intent. Without someone to pick it up, load it, point it and pull the trigger... it is merely a chunk of metal. A gun "shoots people"... in the same way that "cars crush pedestrians". It's intellectually lazy... and more to the point, it's dishonest.

In actual fact, legally registered firearms account for a statistically insignificant number of killings in Canada.
In 2003, there were 161 gun homicides in Canada. Assuming that each shooting involved a separate gun we can calculate what percentage of Canadian guns were involved in these murders. If we take the official figure of seven million guns we get (161/7,000,000 = 0.000023 or .0023%).

Only 23 ten thousandths of 1% of the Canadian gun stock was involved in a homicide.
It's time to put the spotlight back on the actual sociopaths who use a gun, or a knife, or a hammer, or their fists... to maim and kill.

Don't be a mindless socialist sheeple.

Wake up and smell the species.


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