Listening to BBC Radio 4 the other day I received the benefit of one of the most glaring examples of the hypocrisy of the liberal mind I think I have ever heard. The program had some intellectual types, an author and some others blathering on.
The author, his book being serialised on the Beeb, “The Death Of America” IIRC he was going on about the death rate of youths in America's inner city ghettos particularly, but he covered the ground from a young boy who accidentally shot himself with his father’s unsecured, loaded, pistol to the appalling gang turf war slaughter in inner cities. It was clear that his solution was the removal of all firearms. They were the cause of all the trouble. He ended up saying “Do you love your second amendment more than you love your kids?”
Then the subject moved on to South Africa. He (I think it was the same man) described a township there where white Boers had gathered to run what was effectively an apartheid town but without black residents, which they viewed as their failure in apartheid that they relied upon black labour. This venture was held in some contempt by the speaker, clearly as apartheid and (white) racism was the major problem in South Africa’s history. (I also found it ironic that he said that white down and outs, druggies, junkies, and losers, made their way to this place to get back on their feet, get some money together before leaving as if this was a failing instead of a chance to go somewhere to get their lives back on track)
Something was bothering me about this. The anti-gun stance was no surprise, but there was something else and I went in search on the net.
USA Intentional Homicides per 100,000 of population in 2013
= 3.9 (three point nine) per 100,000 of population, total 12,253. (Population about 319 million)
South Africa Intentional Homicides per 100,000 of population in 2014
= 33 (Thirty three) per 100,000 of population, total 17,805.(Population about 53 million)
Not one word about removing firearms from the South African population. Apparently it's only in America that guns that cause evil.