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April 09, 2009

New Anti-Gun Meme: Cheap Ammo Causes Massacres

Say Uncle pointed me this morning to the an absurd new meme that ABC's William Kates is attempting to spin, that massacres could be prevented if we just listened to comedians.

Yeah, really.

Ballistics reports showed Jiverly Wong fired 87 times from a 9mm Beretta and 11 times from a .45-caliber handgun. If he bought the ammunition online, he could have paid as little as $40 for the rounds he fired.

Friends say Wong complained that he only received $200 a week in unemployment benefits.

"Chris Rock says in one of his routines have all the guns you want but charge like $1,000 for every bullet," said Jackie Hilly of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. "I think if you raised the price, you would probably discourage the violence, but I don't think you would prevent it."

In other news, Eddie Murphy suggested that raising the price of cars to a minimum of $300,000 would increase carpooling while decreasing the number of people picking up transvestite streetwalkers.

But that's neither here nor there.

What I really want to know from ABC's Kates is just how much a massacre is supposed to cost. If Kates thinks the cost of the ammunition used in the massacre was too inexpensive, what would be an appropriate price to pay for the slaughter? If Wong paid $98,000 for the bullets he used in his massacre ($1,000/bullet x 98 bullets) would Mr. Kates have then found the cost in human lives acceptable?

Of course, we know that Kates and his allies couldn't care less about the specific cost of bullets used in this shooting or other gun crimes, because the cost is only secondary to their primary goal of establishing control over gun owners.

Gun laws have always been about establishing political control over a population and forcing them to rely on the government to protect them.

Can we think of any reason why typically left-leaning journalists and politicians might want to advocate for people being forced to rely on the government?

Yes we can.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 9, 2009 09:21 PM
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Oh I can. They want old soviet style socialism, and the only way to keep American's from force ably stopping it is England style gun control. Where only the criminals have firearms, and law abiding citizens (the ones that will stand up and stop it) to not have them.

Posted by: Frank at April 9, 2009 11:59 PM

Oh I can. They want old soviet style socialism, and the only way to keep American's from force ably stopping it is England style gun control. Where only the criminals have firearms, and law abiding citizens (the ones that will stand up and stop it) to not have them.

Posted by: Frank at April 10, 2009 12:00 AM

Raising tax rates on ammo fits with Obama's gouging of smokers.

Nice little racket, they can take more and more money from gun owners and use to to fund anti-gun efforts.

Another logical flaw is the idea that criminals and murderers respect laws. Drugs are quite illegal and quite expensive, hasn't exactly made them impossible to get. And would an insane person plotting a spree be concerned about a budget?

Of course, central to this meme is fear. They want to get the public afraid of how cheap it all is. Why the masses could almost afford these things!

I'm sure the civil rights groups would complain about regressive taxes being used to strip rights away from the poor. After all if the poor wanted protection, they should just hire bodyguards.

Posted by: Jack at April 10, 2009 04:57 AM

Which would be nice and all, but which part would actually cost the most?

I can get lead from tire stores, melt it down, and cast my own bullets. Gun powder is $20 for a pound. Brass can be picked up at a shooting range. Primers run $25 or so for 1000.

While not exactly the easiest thing in the world, you can make your own smokeless powder using basic chemicals. When the cost of a single round is $1000, there's a lot of incentive to learn a bit of chemistry and make them for $10 each.

These people live in a fantasy world.

Posted by: Robb Allen at April 10, 2009 09:47 AM

When bullets get too expensive, bad people will still be able to turn to dropping rocks off highway overpasses at oncoming traffic.

And I haven't seen any 45ACP ammo in Wally World for quite some time; the clerk at the gun counter says whenever he puts some up, it is gone within moments, usually purchased in as much bulk as is available, along with all the other popular calibers of ammunition. Apparently some folks are using the current ammo shortages to their advantage - buying whatever is cheap and reselling it dear.

Posted by: Mikee at April 11, 2009 09:38 AM