Jerome McCorry organized a protest against a gun show, claiming that the gun show made it too easy to buy guns. Why did that worry him? Perhaps because because the easy availability of guns might have made his career as a rapist more dangerous.
Yeah, but that’s just one rapist. But, in England/Wales rapists seem to enjoy the benefit of gun control to ply their trade. In civilized, peaceful England/Wales the rate of rape is over double that in the U.S.
This is a spreadsheet of crimes detected in England/Wales 2010/2011. There were 54,982 sexual offenses reported, but this web site belonging to a UK rape crisis group indicates that the British Crime Survey indicates about 80,000 rapes per year. (As in United States, there are many rapes not reported to the police, which show up in surveys of victims.) The current United Kingdom population is 56.1 million. That would mean about about 142 rapes/100,000 population.
Table 1 of Uniform Crime Reports for 2011 shows the United States has a reported to police rape rate of 42.8/100,000 rapes. The 2010 National Crime Victimization Survey shows 188,380 rapes in the U.S.; the U.S. population in 2010 was 308 million. That gives 61.16 rapes per 100,000 population, our about 43% of the British Crime Survey victimization rate.
Reading this I began looking for the old “Samuel Colt made people equal” quote. One of the things I found was a column in Time magazine with this tidbit of wisdom form 1999:
Cultural historian Richard Slotkin of Wesleyan University debunks it forever in a recent essay, “Equalizer: The Cult of the Colt.” “If we as individuals have to depend on our guns as equalizers,” says Slotkin, “then what we will have is not a government of laws but a government of men–armed men.”
Amazes me how supposedly intelligent educated men come up with such idiocy. We already have a government of armed men. Did Slotkin and Rosenblatt, the author of the column, some how reach adulthood without attaining the knowledge of thousands of armed law enforcement members and military? I guess we should excuse Slotkin because he’s not a military historian.
Nothing makes people fully equal, but the small of stature, feeble, weak and elderly certainly have a much greater chance of protecting themselves successfully when armed. The Democrats don’t like an armed populace because it’s harder to force them to submit to the government to which they all belong.
This video of Michael Bloomberg shows the kind of armed protection he thinks he deserves but would deny us a fraction of that level of protection.
BTW, the cop probably lies about his “security jurisdiction.” But, as Steve pointed out yesterday in the case of the anti-Muslim video, the law only applies to those whom the authorities wish it to.