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Monday, November 29, 2021

WaPo writer discovers guns don't kill people: People do!

At 82, Pulitzer-winner Colbert I. King of the Washington Post had an epiphany.

Guns don't kill people: People do.

King began his column, "For several years, I have written in late December about our city having once again reached a new and dreadful homicide mark. This time, it’s different. On Monday, the city recorded its 200th homicide in 2021 — an annual death toll not seen since 2003. And we have five more weeks to go."

Let's see. Every year he writes this column about the murders in the city. The only thing changed is the numbers, which apparently will be the highest in 18 or more years.

Not to be snarky, but does this not show how useless his annual column decrying murder is? I mean, everyone opposes murder, but murder continues. To use the illogic liberals use about drugs, the War on Murder is lost and we should just decriminalize it.

King had some fun quoting the muckety mucks about these 200 murders so far in 2021.

Mayor Bowser said, “I was saddened to learn that our city reached a devastating statistic: 200 deaths by homicide. One death is too many.”

The police chief said,  “Very troubling . . . lives that matter in our city were unnecessarily taken away too soon.”

Murder sucks. Got it.

Then came King's epiphany.

He wrote, "The city has strong gun laws. The police have struggled to get illegal guns off the streets. The mayor is even offering large sums of money for anonymous gun tips that result in firearms recovery and arrests.

"That still hasn’t stopped residents from reaching for guns — not to sell, but to use to threaten, rob or kill one another."

He recalled his days when he had a productive life before turning into an ink-stained wretch of the Fourth Estate.

He wrote, "Many years ago, my enrollment in ROTC to become an Army officer included attendance at a summer training course using firearms with live ammunition. After military service, I did a stint in the U.S. State Department that involved training and carrying a .38 Special and later a .357 Magnum as duty weapons in a couple of protective assignments.

"Those weapons never made me want to kill anyone."

He should have spoken up sooner.

But it is never too late to change the world. Maybe at 82 he can get DC to stop blaming guns for its murders.

He ended his column, "Our crisis — the urge to kill — is the curve that needs flattening. Otherwise, the annual homicide threshold will keep rising even as mothers, grandmas and other loved ones weep, and bodies continue to fall."

33 comments:

  1. I was gifted a 1911 Colt for my 21st birthday over 50 years ago. Not only has it never taken a life or even caused an injury, it's never fired a round in anger. It's polite and very well behaved.

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    3. State Arms.50BMG, Calico M950, Norinco AK47, S&W39, Colt Police Special, S&W36, Baretta M21, Marlin Glenfield 25 & a few more.
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    4. Shocking. And yet, I've seen the same thing from my firearms - totally apolitical, quiet, patient, never lose their tempers. It's almost as if someone has purposely been maligning them.

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    5. Wait, Norinco makes an AK47? Is that anything like the MAK90? :-D

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  2. what you need to do is allow private ownership of firearms, and get the grannies and granpas armed.
    Nothing says NO! like a .357 held in petite hands...
    My late wife had a little .38 colt police special.
    she knew how to use it...

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  3. There are two quotes near the end that demonstrate that he still isn't willing to deal with reality - but is just stuck on the leftist narrative about murder and murderers...

    "Those weapons never made me want to kill anyone."

    "Our crisis — the urge to kill — is the curve that needs flattening."

    This is the same decades-only nonsense that the bubble-dwellers keep repeating to each other over and over again - and no amount of reality and real data have been able to make headway against all this entrenched ignorance.

    In the leftist bubble-dwellers' view, THEY are enlightened creatures, higher beings who are cool and rational and not subject to outbreaks of passion. The problem is all those rubes out in dogpatch (which includes blighted urban areas) who just can't control themselves - and so among the rubes (more-recently rebranded as the deplorables), even minor arguments (even among family and friends) rapidly escalate to the point where someone is unable to control himself/herself, grabs a weapon, and empties the available rounds into someone else.

    The reality (which is right in front of him but he doesn't notice) is that homicides are very densely concentrated in particular, narrow areas of large cities. Nearly all of these homicides are related to the drug trade. And much (if not most) of the customer base for the trade is among well-healed nice-urbanized-area leftists, who are quite content with using the blighted areas for their supply zones and keeping the resulting chaos confined there. As long the consequences of the drug trade stay confined to those blighted areas, the customers don't care.

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    1. Exactly. Remember the Willie Horton ad in the 1988 presidential campaign? We need something similar today with the huge numbers of criminals going through modern-day, revolving doors.

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  5. Guns are as much responsible for murders as provocatively dresed women are for rape.

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  6. Might not want to give the Marxists in charge the idea to decriminalize murder. They might just go for it.

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  7. “Very troubling . . . lives that matter in our city were unnecessarily taken away too soon.” This guy needs to be cancelled for failing to stipulate that black lives matter exclusively.

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  8. Richard Kiel’s shirt in Happy Gilmore said it all: “Guns don’t kill people, I kill people”.

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  10. It's not an urge to kill. It's an urge to do whatever one wants to do. It's the lack of impulse control. It's the lack of empathy towards others and it's also the cynical attitude that they're going to die anyway so why worry about it. This is derived mainly by the lack of God in our communities and our schools. Along with the lack of men in a family to guide and chastise those boys who get out of line. They also don't say much about who is doing the killing and that's because the killers are mostly Black killing other Blacks.

    Sure people kill but Black People kill more than any others. And that needs to be examined and solutions found. Many of them we know but as yet the Gov has not tried to stop it in school and the parents apparently don't bother or don't care.

    One must ask what changed since the 60s because prior to that time, Blacks were more alined with white people in how they acted and married and crime. Since then it's like POC feel they have no reason to be citizens.

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    1. Hmmm, Bill Cosby said the same things to black people and they framed him to take him off the Streets.

      You're next, Jeffery.

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  11. A firearm doesn't put itself in somebody's pocket and doesn't aim and fire itself.

    You'd think all these "right-thinking" people would have figured that out by now.

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  12. 82? Don't these morons ever retire?

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  15. Illogic regarding the war on drugs? It's far from only the left who recognize the folly of the WoD and the amount of damage it has caused, and legalizing almost anything but pot isn't part of the platform even for most of the left outside of the west coast. Over 70% of the electorate agrees. There are certainly better solutions than just locking everyone up just for using or having a gram in their pockets.

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  18. It's easy to blame guns. It's much harder to blame people. Hardest of all is to blame a system that has been "fundamentally transformed" to the point the races are simmering and gun sales are soaring.

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    1. Odd, I don't have any problems at all blaming people for things people do. Wonder why some people do?

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  19. The War on Drugs criminalizes people for ingesting something into their own body. How can you be free if faceless humans can determine for you what you can or cannot ingest in your own body? Do you not believe in Freedom and Liberty?

    With murder, you are committing violence against another individual, kind of like what happens with the drug war.

    Can you not see the difference?

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