The New Yorker’s John Cassidy: More Gun Deaths Would Be Better

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The New Yorker’s John Cassidy laments that the Boston bombers did not use guns instead of bombs.

If they had used guns, he reasons, they would have killed far more people…

Well, for one thing, the brothers would probably have killed a lot more than three people at the marathon. AR-15s can fire up to forty-five rounds a minute, and at close range they can tear apart a human body. If the Tsarnaevs had started firing near the finish line, they might easily have killed dozens of spectators and runners before fleeing or being shot by the police.

…and therefore increased the chances for stricter gun-control laws…

Maybe I am wrong about how things would have played out. But the country, or large parts of it, would finally have been forced to confront its cognitive dissonance about gun violence and terrorism, which, at the very least, would have been educational.

It’s good to know that Mr. Cassidy is so open and honest about his willingness—eagerness, even—to sacrifice “dozens of spectators and runners” in order to achieve his political objectives.

Have you no decency, Mr. Cassidy?


Written by breckfield

April 27, 2013 at 8:50 am

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  1. You’ve missed the point. All Cassidy’s saying is that using guns in that situation might have killed more effectively, which is factually correct, obvious. However, since these guys were wanna-bes as compared to trained, experienced Jihadists, they didn’t possess the resolve needed to commit multiple murders face-to-face in support of their cause.

    Then Cassidy speculates that more deaths caused by guns would increase momentum for changing gun laws. That’s his opinion. I don’t agree with his opinion, because I think we have a nearly inexhaustible capacity to look the other way and not examine hard truths, or act to correct problems. But there’s nothing inherently indecent about raising hypotheticals in an opinion.

    Invisible Mikey

    April 27, 2013 at 9:16 am

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