Recently on Tucker Carlson’s show, Don Calloway (Rep D-MO) opened with this pearl of insight into the leftist mind, suggesting that “mass shootings are the result of the types of weapons that are available to our society, and the lethality of weapons that are available to our society.”
Let’s take that last number and examine further. In 2014 alone, there were 3,827 people either stabbed or beaten to death. Since 1966, a recent Washington Post article proclaims, there have been 948 deaths as a result of mass shootings in America. Which is to say that the number of people stabbed or beaten to death in 2014 is over 300% of the number of people killed in mass shootings in every single mass shooting event of the last 51 years.
And not all of those mass shootings were the result of access to AR-15s or any similar gun that everyone is fretting about today, mind you.
Because the argument to legislate gun control in the wake of mass shootings is less about facts than the timely emotional appeals for Americans to disregard them.
Her tweet suggests that it was okay that the Founders intended for us to have one-minute-per-shot muskets, but they never envisioned modern weapons. And since modern weapons can kill more people in a shorter amount of time, they should be outlawed or regulated by the federal government (which the Second Amendment makes clear, the federal government cannot do, for the record). One-minute-per-shot muskets need no regulation, the argument goes, because they could only potentially kill one person per minute.