Letter: MB Cranshaw, Aldie

Editor: It took only minutes for the Democrats to begin hollering about gun control in the wake of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. And, of course, the left-leaning media wasted no time in interviewing those who blame President Trump and the NRA. Oh, and “white supremacists,” whoever they may be?  

Sadly, few are blaming Congressional Democrats,who are solely responsible for the immigration debacle that led to the El Paso incident.The Dayton gunman, of Democrat affiliation, wasn’t likely a “white supremacist,” but facts don’t matter, do they?

But wait, how many people were murdered and wounded in that same time span in St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, Memphis and Newark?I can tell you it was more than in El Paso and Dayton, combined—a hell of a lot more.But those victims don’t receive any foaming at the mouth media attention, do they?Nor do the Democrat 2020 hopefuls make any reference to them.Even the president and the “white supremacists” aren’t blamed for it.Why is that?

Is it because most of the victims are black?Should that matter? Is it because they weren’t all murdered and wounded in the same venue?Should that matter? Is it because single, double and triple inner city homicides don’t count inthe Democrats’ eyes, since the cities with the highest murder rates happen to be cities with Democrat mayors and Democrat city councils?Is it because they don’t want to call attention to the fact that this supposed threat from “white supremacists” is miniscule compared to the murders that go on every day, committed by non-whites?The liberals are hysterical over “white supremacy,”when the statistics (FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and other analyses) reveal quite clearly that they are responsible for a tiny fraction of the murders committed. Does anyone really believe that “white supremacists” are doing the shooting in the four cities (St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans and Detroit) with the highest numbers of murders per 100,000 population?Not bloody likely.

So how can the Democrats fix the problem when they can’t even identify it?A recent letter to this paper noted with great satisfaction how Australians solved their gun dilemma;as usual from that particular author, he misses the point entirely.Australia doesn’t have dozens of high murder rate cities self-destructing under the “leadership” of corrupt Democrat mayors, city councils and their completely dysfunctional method of failed governing. The lion’s share of murders in the U.S. are not a “white supremacist” problem, nor a gun ownership problem—they are a peculiarly Democrat problem.

MB Cranshaw, Aldie

6 thoughts on “Letter: MB Cranshaw, Aldie

  • 2019-08-07 at 10:55 am

    Since the Australian example is mentioned….A 2016 American Medical Association study (http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2530362) examined trends in firearm homicides and suicides before and after the adoption of gun control in Australia from the 1996 NFA, and found no evidence of a statistically significant effect of gun control on the pre-existing downward trend of the firearm homicide rate.
    Although I don’t entirely agree Democrats are primarily the reason for the problems in cities (I believe it to be a spiritual problem), Democrat policies in cities have for many years encouraged envy (class distinctions) and stymied personal responsibility. This will only get worse as they continue to embrace Socialism.

  • 2019-08-07 at 12:43 pm

    The goal is not to stop shootings but to disarm citizens at will. These “red flag” bills have been in the works for years and various interests in Congress are simply looking for a suitable crisis to push them again.

    In many of the recent, tragic murder sprees, the perpetrator has been known to the FBI and/or police. And law enforcement has done nothing! In one shooting in Garland, Texas, an FBI agent was apprehended at the scene of the crime as he had followed the two shooters to the crime scene sending them texts urging them on. It seems to have taken some effort to get local authorities to release the FBI agent. See: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/03/26/60_minutes_reveals_undercover_fbi_agent_on_scene_at_garland_tx_terror_attack.html

    You would like to think the FBI would be working to prevent terrorist attacks….

  • 2019-08-07 at 5:05 pm

    I’m just here for the anonymous ranting.

    Curious Mr/Ms Cranshaw…why you put white supremacists in quotes. Do you not believe they exist?

    For what it’s worth, my misguided neighbor…Democrats want ALL people to stop murdering innocent people with weapons they shouldn’t have. Not just white supremacists.

  • 2019-08-07 at 11:57 pm

    Mr. Cranshaw’s response is not the first time he has commented on one of my letters. Once again, his response to my comments are belittling, illogical, little more than an arrogant pastiche of empty assertions, most of which are beside the point, or directed at arguments I did not make. His entire response is basically to place blame for everything associated with this issue on Democrats! For example, he asserts without ANY evidence: “The lion’s share of murders in the U.S. are not a ‘white supremacist’ problem, nor a gun ownership problem—they are a peculiarly Democrat problem.” Once again, a sweeping condemnation with NO supporting evidence. His idea of discussion is based on the model of a schoolyard bully.

    To go through every example so generously offered by Mr. Cranshaw’s rather vacuous—and occasionally ludicrous–responses would extend my comments far beyond available space.

    Nowhere does Mr. Cranshaw engage any of the major points of my letter to the editor. In a few cases, he makes things up! Mostly he offers non sequiturs, assertions completely devoid of facts to support his—mostly specious—claims. The feeble efforts where he does try to marshal supporting “evidence,” are few and usually irrelevant. His arguments consists largely of bluster, demeaning arrogance with no apparent basis in fact, or mis-direction via a flurry of irrelevancies.

    Actually, Mr. Cranshaw is an example of the disturbing deterioration of our capacity for substantive discussion of important public issues. This represents growing intolerance and a willful, arrogant ignorance aggressively asserted against straw man “Liberals,” or “Conservatives,” Democrats and Republicans. The discussion and resolution of issues in our public fora is essential to the survival of a democratic republic. Mr. Unfortunately, his various letters seem to be emblematic of a local decline in a capacity of some for democratic citizenship.

    Randy Ihara
    South Riding

  • 2019-08-11 at 2:54 pm

    Congratulations Mr. Cranshaw! Your received the standard Mr. Ihara, “if you don’t agree with me, the the fate of the republic is at stake” response.

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