The Law

What makes a first world vs a third world? In many cases it’s the fairness of how the law is applied.

Mark Steyn writes in the National Review showing how that hasn’t been happening lately and how the David Gregory story will end up being just that too. He has other examples, but here is an excerpt of one ridiculous one.

To Howard Kurtz & Co., it’s “obvious” that Gregory didn’t intend to commit a crime. But, in a land choked with laws, “obviousness” is one of the first casualties — and “obviously” innocent citizens have their “obviously” well-intentioned actions criminalized every minute of the day. Not far away from David Gregory, across the Virginia border, eleven-year-old Skylar Capo made the mistake of rescuing a woodpecker from the jaws of a cat and nursing him back to health for a couple of days. For her pains, a federal Fish & Wildlife gauleiter accompanied by state troopers descended on her house, charged her with illegal transportation of a protected species, issued her a $535 fine, and made her cry. Why is it so “obvious” that David Gregory deserves to be treated more leniently than a sixth grader? Because he’s got a TV show and she hasn’t?

In the meantime Cornel West is complaining because there is never a big outcry when black kids are killed every day by guns. But he misses the point. The outcry isn’t about fixing the problem, it’s about a segment of the population that really, really, really wants to ban guns. (or at least extremely regulate them) Examples of black kids killed every day in big cities that have very tight gun laws or bans don’t help that story along and so those stories are nonstarters. Sorry Cornel.

Bad Data, Bad looks at a new chart showing how firearm death is catching up to vehicular death from 1999, to 2010. Once you parse the chart and remove things like death from “Legal intervention” or suicide it’s a whole different chart.

Again, Larry Correia has the best column I’ve read on the subject. It’s making the rounds with over a million hits already. Don’t miss this bandwagon!