Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dumb Post Of The Day: Policy Mic: "Here's The Disturbing Way St. Louis Residents Are Responding To The Unrest in Ferguson"

This is too stupid even for a 'lol'...

Of course a puerile shitshow like Policy.Mic/News.Mic is just clickbait on pointing out that they post stupid things is like pointing out that the Weekly World News prints stupid things. Their response, if honest, would probably be something like: you say "stupid" as if it were a bad thing...  

Clicks are clicks...

First: "stockpiling": bullshit. There is no mention of "stockpiling." Gun stores showed a spike in sales. Purchasing is not "stockpiling." Even the original TPM story doesn't say "stockpiling"...and you know what TPM is like on firearm issues...

Second: Um...the riots are just dandy, but buying a gun to protect yourself in the shadow of riots is "disturbing"?

Then there's the jewel in the crown of this bit of stupidity:  "More guns won't relieve racial and class tensions in Ferguson." Jesus. This is one of the most egregious straw men I've ever seen.

Look: suppose there is a national famine and people start stealing food from each other. You acquire a firearm to protect your family. I say: "that gun won't end the famine."

Good point...or extremely, embarrassingly, hyperbolically stupid point?

The guns are not intended to "relive racial and class tensions." And, in the thought-experiment, they're not intended to solve the famine. They're for self-defense.

This is like a case in which someone loses an arm in an accident, the doctor prepares to cauterize the wound, and someone objects: "that won't bring his arm back!"...

So very, very stupid...

Then there follows a fairly typical selection of confused and cherry-picked statistics alleging to show that guns make things worse, decrease safety, and all that nonsense. It's just mindless liberal anti-firearm gibberish, debunked many times in the past.

Which is not to say that buying a gun is always the greatest idea...  IMO, most people are better off without them...  But a sane, responsible, honest person on the fringe of a riot is better off with a firearm than without one. In fact, the whole neighborhood is better off.

None of this, of course, is to say that anyone needs to buy a firearm in response to the Ferguson "unrest."

But this NewsMic post is just trash. It's mindless anti-firearm propaganda.

And, yes, I'm more than well aware that there is mindless pro-firearm propaganda out there as well.

But that's a different story for a different day.


Blogger Dark Avenger said...

No, I don't know how TPM is on firearm issues.

They report about various accidental shootings, especially those involving children, but I haven't noticed any kind of anti-gun bias there.

10:48 AM  

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