Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Eeh! Ooh! Ahh! Mall Shooting!" Give It A Rest....

Color me insensitive but the media pouncing on this Maryland Mall shooting insults my intelligence. Killing 3 people including yourself is by no means OK, but it is also definitively NOT A MASS SHOOTING. Ever since Newtown happened, the anti-gun propaganda machine has taken on a strategy of treating every shooting in a public place as a national tragedy to scare Americans about guns. In reality most of these are just personal disputes being handled in public, a problem older than the US itself. The only saving grace is that anti-gun lobbyists are abysmal strategists and this will produce the opposite of what they want; it'll desensitize us and make us more pro-gun. Think Israelis' or Iraqis' ears perk up when they hear on the news about the latest suicide bombing? Think again.


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