By Nathan Barton
It seems that the media is upset that the guy sitting there in the White House (or at least running around there) has upset some good American allies. Last week, CNN and other media outlets complained that Trump’s speech to the NRA angered the French and the Brits. He dared to point out that the killings of all those people in the attack on night-clubs in Paris might have been stopped by a few – even one – people with a gun. And stating that strict gun control laws failed to stop the killings. Worse, he said that the recent epidemic of knifing people in England and other British possessions was a problem, and that at least one hospital in Britain had been compared to a war zone hospital with blood on the floors.
The media reaction was mild compared to the actual reaction from the other side of the Atlantic. One French politician called the remarks shameful and obscene. A Brit politician said that Trump is “probably lying.”
None of this comes as a surprise, of course. Neither these people and groups being upset, or the idea that Americans are murderous, lying, cowboys who want to gun down people en masse. Nor the fact that the Brits and Europeans are unwilling to face reality. As Heinlein put it, an armed society is a polite society. Neither British nor French or Belgian society can be called polite, much less peaceful. To say nothing of places like Sweden, now rape capital of the Western World.
The media is appalled at Trump, outraged at the NRA, and shocked beyond belief at the American public, who refuses to follow the advice of their betters in Hollywood, academia, medicine, the media, and the Tranzi (liberal or progressive) political realm. We should, we are told, repeal the Second Amendment, ban private ownership of guns (soon to be followed by knives and no doubt small pieces of wood and flexible strong wire, string, and fishing line), and submit still more to our natural masters.
Many point out that “this ain’t gonna happen” but it doesn’t keep them from trying again and again. Nor from being blind about the true state of affairs as far as death with firearms in the Fifty States and the rest of the world – including suicide versus homicide versus accident. And the shameful situation in Europe, to say nothing of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where the cruel and powerful continue to dominate and control those weaker, and less able to defend themselves because their arms are denied them.
In my family’s ancestral homeland in Texas, there is a saying: “the hit dog barks.” This set of whinging complaints from Brits, French, and others, seems to be an example of that. Trump was only speaking the truth, and the facts bear out his statements: both in Europe and here in the Fifty States. The vast majority of intentional (non-suicide) killings here in North America occur in Mexico (with incredibly strict gun laws similar to Europe) and in those cities (urban areas) where the gun laws are the most restrictive and deny most people their natural liberties. Start with Chicago and go right on down the list.
Yes, people are killed with guns in places like Wyoming, South Dakota, and Utah – but nothing on the scale of Chicago, St. Louis, Miami-Dade, and even areas like Southern California and the Bay Area. And having armed citizens both in their homes and businesses and on the streets HAS made a great deal of difference regarding crimes such as burglary, assault, and even rape. Again, the facts are clear: those crimes are more common in areas with fewer citizens holding guns, and more gun control laws.
Jesus said it best: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
But it is obvious that the truth, that these facts do not matter to the Tranzis that want to disarm private citizens and restrict guns to the government (including police and military) and the criminals who will have them regardless of the law. As has been proven over and over with liquor, drugs, and tobacco; the demand will be met, legal or not. The sooner the Brits, the French, and yes, even the Aussies, realize this, the better their societies will be.