Reject Do-Somethingism on Guns

According to the CDC, total firearm deaths in 2013 was 11,208 (not including suicides, which would add 21,175 deaths). Also according to the CDC, between 2006 and 2010, excessive alcohol use accounted for 88,000 deaths per year. That’s 1 in 10 deaths among working age adults between the ages of 20 and 64.

Arguably, the right to self-defense is a greater social good than the right to drink alcohol. However, surely nobody wants to return to the 1920s in that regard. It’s just odd to me the sort of social calculations we seem to be willing to accept depending on what it is.

I just reject this “do-somethingism” that permeates our politics and our policies. And in my new column for tomorrow, I try to make an argument that I hope my progressive friends on this subject can understand; in short, that the people new gun control measures are most likely to harm are the ones progressives most often seek to help (poor minorities communities).

Here’s the article on guns and alcohol that spurred my post on the subject.

3 thoughts

  1. Huh? New gun control laws would harm poor communities? That makes zero sense.

    And yes, you don’t believe in “DoSomething.” Unless it fits your narrative. Bad cops? We must do something!! Government intrusion? We must do something!! A monster suffering a bit on the death table? We must do something!!

    Mass killings? Meh. Dearh that doesn’t fit your narrative? Meh. A pattern I’ve noticed from you and it’s troubling. You’re quickly becoming someone that most folks will just scroll past. I knew you would show no sympathy or outrage regarding the Oregon shootings. You’re becoming predictable. If it doesn’t fit your narrative, death doesn’t concern you.


    1. To be fair, I wrote my comment while sipping my first cup of coffee. Probably should’ve waited until I had a couple more cups in me. Would’ve worded it a bit nicer. But I stand behind my point.


    2. Here’s my reasoning on the harm done to poor minority communities:

      But here’s the thing. Come on, dude. A difference of policy positions means I don’t care about abhorrent violence? Of course I do. Any sensible, sane person does. That’s what I mean about giving good will to your ideological differs. So, I personally take it as a baseline until proven otherwise (like if they’re a psychopath or something) that most people abhor violence. I don’t feel the need to prove that baseline to people and parade it around.

      In those instances you described (bad cops, government regulations, death penalty), there are clear things we could do to make those situations less likely to happen or not happen at all, like, for instance, independent review boards and body cams for cops and abolishing the death penalty. Admittedly, government intrusion is a bit trickier to play with, but there’s a whole argument to be made about what type of economic system works better, one with more or less government intrusion?

      Predicting when someone will commit a public mass shooting, something factually statistically infrequent, is a completely different ball game. That brings in an incredible amount of challenges and it’s a situation where, I’m not sure the prescription is better than the ailment. It would just be the appearance of doing something that doesn’t actually make any difference to the rate of mass shootings and at worse, doesn’t do anything to the rate and makes life more burdensome for gun owners and more worrisome to me, minorities (as I outline above) and the mentally ill.

      I 100% am on board with someone disagreeing with my position on this (but that’s why I’m trying to reach progressives on this) and that’s going to happen most assuredly in something as divisive as this, but characterizing me as someone that doesn’t care about the senseless slaughter of other human beings? Come on.


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