Nine-year-old Sydney boy Ryan Gwin suffers anxiety over the fuel consumed by his father’s bus;
Because if Ryan had really been nine it would have been less embarrassing to lose to him…
Then Blair lets his commenters loose on a quote from me:
Computer instructor Tim Lambert explains:
If the law disarms attackers, then it can make self defence possible where it would have been impossible if the attacker was armed.
Team Blair came up with stuff like this (and these are the more rational ones):
A computer instructor should understand how if-then logic works. “If the law disarms attackers . . .” But it doesn’t. So everything after that is meaningless.
Tim’s actually absolutely right. If a law did that, it would make defense easier! He’s just wrong if he thinks any law will/can do that.
Americans just ain’t Brits. We would NOT give up our weapons quietly, like good little Germans. They would have to take them at gunpoint.
Trouble is, the quote is out of context and Blair did not link, directly or indirectly, to the original context. The law referred to was that in the UK, and in that post I dealt with the “criminals will not be affected by gun laws” argument:
In his book Targeting Guns, Kleck calls this the fallacy of “The Overmotivated Criminal”. Not all or even most criminals are absolutely determined to get guns. Kleck writes:
Like noncriminals, however, criminals do many things that are casually or only weakly motivated. Indeed, much crime is impulsive or opportunistic, with criminals committing some crimes only if it requires little effort and entails little risk. Gun control is less likely to have much effect on crime committed by criminals with the strongest and most persistent motivation to commit crimes, such as drug dealers, emotionally disturbed mass murderers, professional hit men, terrorists, or political assassins. However, it is not all impossible for crime prevention efforts to be achieved among the more weakly or temporarily motivated criminals who make up the large part of the active offender population.