|Albert Camus: My hero.|
It has been difficult to talk to you lately, because you seem to have abandoned one of your time-honored traditions: relying on facts and statistics.
You always told me that there was "evidence" that supported all of your policy goals. You showed me statistics about people's beliefs on gay marriage and abortion. You gave me some historical factoids and some numbers about how government spending helps the economy. You even brought up the fact that Republicans supported cutting funding to programs that provide services for people with disabilities.
You'll have to forgive me for not understanding why you reject the facts, data, and statistics that I have presented to you over the gun control debate. I've presented to you the statistics straight from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that suggest that the murder rate has steadily declined since 1989--yet you retort, erroneously, that we are seeing record numbers of gun-related homicides.
I showed you that out of all the gun deaths in America, only a fraction of them were committed with assault weapons. Most gun deaths have come from handguns, yet you assert that assault weapons are simply too deadly and must be banned.
I even showed you that over 80% of gun violence is gang related or committed during the commission of another felony. In response, you told me that there should be fewer guns in America, and the way to achieve that is to hamper our ability to legally obtain guns. You didn't even answer me when I asked you how gun regulations will keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals.
You told me that we should ban semi-automatic weapons. When I informed you that over 95% of the firearms legally owned are, in fact, semi-automatic, you scoffed. You told me that at one point, single-action handguns were the norm. I informed you that single-action handguns haven't been the norm since 1885. You scoffed again. You didn't actually provide a retort, but you just scoffed. Then when I told you that you sound very unknowledgeable about guns, you actually provided me with a statistic that supposedly shows most Americans want to ban semi-automatic weapons.
In reality, that poll only shows that most Americans have very limited knowledge about firearms.
You keep insisting that assault rifles are too deadly, too dangerous. You got really quiet when I brought up the fact that more people are murdered with blunt objects than are murdered with assault rifles. You also don't answer me when I ask you to explain why a city with a handgun ban has a higher murder rate than a larger city without a handgun ban.But for whatever reason, whenever I bring these things to your attention, you sort of deflect the ideas and start talking about "emotions."
Emotion is the problem, not the solution. You always tell me that Republicans vote on their emotions and feelings when it comes to social issues, but what have you done here? I think you're afraid to admit the truth. In the face of hopelessness, you choose to take the rosey view. Why? So you can feel safer? So you can feel like you're not powerless to stop the madness?
Facts are facts, my friend. They're important because they help us to make logical, rational decisions. You agreed with me once that most Americans only vote their feelings. Their politics are based on what they feel is right in their hearts. You agreed that they will ignore reality in order to maintain their worldview, because most people lack the intellectual capability of coping with a shattered worldview.
You can't choose to ignore the facts simply because they don't jive with your sentiments. I've done my homework on this issue. I've countered everything you've asserted with cold, hard facts that prove your statements to be false, or at least prove them to not be based on reality.
Why have you abandoned logic and reason? Why don't the facts matter to you in the gun control debate? I fail to understand why your facts are all-important, while my facts seem to make little difference.
Why don't my facts matter to you?!