Sunday, December 16, 2012
After ten or 12 of our Mexican friends posted this famous old (Really old; "West Germany"? Seriously?) Handgun Control, Inc. ad - which we'd proudly displayed on our wall in college, by the way - we were compelled to look up a few statistics, and would just like to note for the record that the Homicides by Firearms rate in the US is 2.7 per 100,000, while in Mexico it's 9.8, so callate, amigos.
But again, this isn't a post about guns - we agree with you entirely! (Another way to look at that stat is through the prism of the NRA's "If everybody's armed, nobody gets shot" argument. Most of the victims in Mexico were probably shooting back at the person who shot them. We've always said that if conservatives want a real-world laboratory for their stupidest ideas, look no further than Mexico.) No, this is a post about how even the staunchest, most vocal critics of US policy can sometimes find ourselves going, "Now wait just a damn minute here..." when hearing the same thing from non-Americans outside of America.
We never said Americans were rational, you know.