Of course we would expect the media to come out and make a full frontal assault on our guns now wouldn’t we, after Sunday’s sports extravaganza. It turns out Mr. Whitlock would just as well do away with football. Never mind that looking at the root of America’s violence in our cities might bring one to the uncomfortable facts of poor schools, the breakdown of the family structure as pivotal problems, but hey, you already know the drill so why should I repeat myself. This interview does give us a glimpse into the strategy for the next assault on the second amendment. Racism of course, that is the meme of the day.
Here we go: First the facts from over at Hot Air
Let’s first get the facts straight about firearms and handguns in the U.S. Estimates vary widely on the number of households with firearms, but Gallup’s survey in 2005 put it at 42 percent. With roughly 150 million households in the U.S., that means that a gun is present in roughly 63 million households. Yet the number of murders committed by firearm in 2011, according to FBI statistics, was 8,583. That represents 0.0136 percent of all firearm-owning households. Murders by handgun came to 6,220, which makes that percentage 0.0099 percent. If guns caused murders, we’d be seeing a lot more murders. More than 99 percent of Americans seem to be capable of owning guns without committing murder, which demolishes the blame-the-gun argument
On CNN contributor Roland Martin’s podcast posted to his website Monday, Jason Whitlock, the columnist who inspired Bob Costas’ commentary on gun control during halftime of Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game on NBC, revealed his peculiar take on the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Sports gets so much attention, and people tune out the real world, that I try to take advantage of the opportunity to talk about the real world when sports lends itself to that and try to open people’s eyes,” Whitlock said.
“You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture — I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].”
Whitlock disagreed with the idea that gun ownership “enhances” liberty, explaining how — in his view — it damages society.
“I think it’s obvious if you’ve traveled abroad, and traveled to countries where they have legitimate gun laws, that we don’t have to have what we have in America.. truer words were never spoken.
If you don’t want to hear the whole tripe against guns and football, move the video to around 2:00 for the NRA rant.