Between the Lines

Death Becomes Him

When 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 people, most of them children, after killing his own mother at home, the nation went into one of its periodic orgies of recrimination—mostly directed at the National Rifle Association, which had to shut down its Facebook and Twitter accounts thanks to the high level of abuse pouring in.  The left-wing politicians and the media went on a crusade to regulate so-called assault rifles, with some even calling for an outright ban on private ownership of handguns.  It didn’t and doesn’t matter to such people that less than four percent of such crimes are committed with assault rifles: The facts are only utilized when they serve the left’s agenda.

This same crowd is convinced mass killings are on the rise, and the media is certainly giving us that impression.  And yet it isn’t true.  Criminologist Grant Duwe, who has written a history of mass murders in this country, points out that, while such incidents increased between the 1960’s and the 1990’s, a significant drop occurred in the 2000’s.

The narrative we are being sold is that there’s an “epidemic” of “gun violence” in America, and the only way to stop it is to crack down on gun ownership.  Yet if these amateur epidemiologists would take a closer look at the statistics, they might discover...

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