What you are up against if seeking rational and honest debate

John Hinderaker says The Times Embarrasses Itself on Guns–Again! and takes apart an editorial that makes many suspicious claims about gun control.

“So if the Times really cared about crime, as opposed to making a political point about guns, it wouldn’t be hard to figure out where to focus. But at the Times, the paper’s political agenda always takes priority over the facts.”

What is on the table is a collection of claims that are not quite the ‘whole truth’ but rather nice, quick, comfortable sound bites. Putting them down usually requires getting below the surface and takes a bit of work. Why is the U.S. homicide rate rather high? A proper answer has to look at the ethnic distribution of homicide. That raises ugly questions of race as well as the question of why homicide is more prevalent where gun controls are more strict.

The goal in such debates does not appear to be that of trying to learn and find solutions. Rather, it is a matter of supporting preconceived desires in any way, honest or no, possible.

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