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This past weekend, Americans learned of another mass shooting, this time by an employee who decided to murder as many of the people he had worked with for years as possible. As of this writing, the murder toll is 12 people.
Every American asks why. What was the killer's motive? When we read there is "no known motive," we are frustrated. Human beings want to make sense of life, especially of evil.
Liberals - Regard - Liberals - Views - Leftists
Liberals (in this regard, liberals' views are essentially as the same as leftists') are virtually united in ascribing these shootings to guns. Just this past weekend, in a speech in Brazil, former President Barack Obama told an audience:
"Our gun laws in the United States don't make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon any time -- without much, if any, regulation. They can buy (guns) over the internet. They can buy machine guns."
President - Series - Falsehoods - United - States
That the former president fabricated a series of falsehoods about the United States -- and maligned, on foreign soil, the country that twice elected him president -- speaks to his character and to the character of the American news media that have been completely silent about these falsehoods. But the main point here is that, like other liberals and leftists, when Obama addresses the subject of mass shootings -- in Brazil, he had been talking about the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 -- he talks about guns.
Yet, America had plenty of guns when its mass murder rate was much lower. Grant Duwe, a Ph.D. in criminology and director of research and evaluation at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, gathered data going back 100 years in his 2007 book, "Mass Murder in the United States: A History."
Duwe - Data
Duwe's data reveal:
In the 20th century, every decade before the 1970s had fewer than 10 mass public shootings. In...
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