Panic


One reason Americans are more inclined to panic over shootings or kidnappings these days is, perversely, that these incidents are so rare. They are the last isolated cases in what was once an epidemic of commonplace violence. Because kids do not go missing as a matter of course, we freak out more on the rare occasions when they do.
Katherine Mangu-Ward, How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/11/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about

Children


But the FBI says reports of missing children are down 40 percent in the last two decades, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that teen homicide rates have fallen by more than 40 percent; homicides of kids under 14 are at a near-record low; and overall child mortality rates have declined almost by half.
Katherine Mangu-Ward, How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/11/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about

Misunderstanding

Take a misunderstanding of the scope and nature of a problem, combine it with a desire to “do something” in the face of national anguish, and you get a recipe for both bad law and cultural conflict.
Katherine Mangu-Ward, How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns
http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/11/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about

the Bolsheviks’ useful idiots still don’t get it

This is what I call the Goodbye Lenin Delusion, the idea that socialism could have turned out completely differently. It could not, and it never will anywhere, no matter how often we insist on trying.
Kristian Niemietz

https://capx.co/paul-mason-and-the-bolsheviks-useful-idiots-still-dont-get-it/

Are Guns the Problem?

Why — at a time in our history when guns were readily available, when a person could just walk into a store or order a gun through the mail, when there were no FBI background checks, no waiting periods, no licensing requirements — was there not the frequency and kind of gun violence that we sometimes see today, when access to guns is more restricted?
– Walter Williams

http://walterewilliams.com/are-guns-the-problem/