Monday, January 9, 2017

And thus it begins - "We need more guns"

More guns please
What we know: FBI Agent George Piro said Santiago spoke to investigators for several hours after he opened fire with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun that he appears to have legally checked on a flight from Alaska.

“Indications are that he came here to carry out this horrific attack,” Piro said. “We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack. We're pursuing all angles on what prompted him to carry out this horrific attack.”

This was reported by the BBC which became the source for Breitbart's gun nut; “AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of 'Bullets with AWR Hawkins,' a Breitbart News podcast.” He must have that magic helmet that enables mind reading because Hawkins' headline is: “FBI: Suspect Flew to Gun-Free Ft. Lauderdale Airport ‘Specifically’ for Attack.” The intended inference is that he chose Ft. Lauderdale because Florida, for all its gun nuttiness, bans weapons in airline terminals. Hawkins goes on to write:
Florida state Senator Greg Steube (R-23) is pushing legislation that would allow concealed permit holders to be armed in unsecured areas, thereby lessening the criminals’ advantage.
Shootout at the OK Terminal. Great idea. The terminal was loaded with armed police as it was. Untrained people shooting over the heads of passengers (or at least attempting under stress to shoot over their heads) is just what we need.

By the time the Breitbart piece got to Biblical Bob Eschliman, it took the expect turn to bullshit:
And now, the most troubling bit of news: According to the FBI, Santiago selected Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport because Florida is one of a handful of states where law-abiding concealed carry permit holders are not allowed to carry firearms in the unsecured areas of the airport.
Except that the FBI never said that. All we know is that Esteban traveled to Ft. Lauderdale with the intention of shooting people at the airport. The man is obviously deranged and hearing voices from ISIS. For all we know, one of the voices in his head told him there were hidden demons in Ft. Lauderdale. By the way, Eschliman's little bit of batshit questioned whether or not Esteban is a Muslim. That seems to stem from the fact that FBI Agent Piro speaks Arabic which presupposes that Esteban is fluent in Arabic.

Since this game of Telephone began with the BBC, let me tell you some other things that the outlet reported a year ago to the day of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting.
  • There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.
  • There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.
  • Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured [those figures exclude suicide]. Those figures are likely to rise by several hundred, once incidents in the final week of the year are counted.
  • The number of gun murders per capita in the US in 2012 - the most recent year for comparable statistics - was nearly 30 times that in the UK, at 2.9 per 100,000 compared with just 0.1.
  • Of all the murders in the US in 2012, 60% were by firearm compared with 31% in Canada, 18.2% in Australia, and just 10% in the UK.
The obvious conclusion, the one that sane, rational people reach, is that we need to disarm some to be safer.

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