Wormtongue’s being pilloried by the conservative blogs and sites, as usual, but undeservedly for once, I think, despite his admittedly regrettable attempt to turn the SC church shootings into a plea for more gun control. His remarks are being cherry-picked. Unfairly it seems to me. And I don’t say that often, as my rare readers know.
Thus spake his Earness: “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”
I think the second sentence is what he meant to say rather than the first one, and so he added it to try to clarify what he’d just said. The first sentence being preposterous, which is, of course, his default position on most issues, i.e. to lie, but the second one was an attempt to recover by saying something that, I think, is undeniable.
Indeed, these shootings happen more frequently here than elsewhere. Although it’s debatable why they do. Is it because of our larger population or due to the wider availability of guns? Lots of Americans, myself included, own guns but would never think of mass murdering. So I’d go with the larger population than in most other advanced countries. Which is another odd choice of words. Isn’t he supposed to believe in cultural relativism where there are no “advanced” countries?
Barry’s just not a very good speaker, especially not spontaneously, as we’ve all learned over the years. Despite his portrayal as a genius debater by the lapdog Democrat news media that covers for him. He gets himself into these rhetorical corners and has only himself to blame when he can’t get out.