Some nasty propaganda from the other side, awaiting the fisking-table:
Mother Jones: 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down. Bonus: includes their already-discredited claim that no "armed civilian* has stopped a mass shooting," thanks to their setting the definition of "mass" at "four or more" and ignoring the expressed or implied intent of the would-be mass shooter. See also the cherry-picked scattergram under Item 2, complete with incorrectly-described (and biased!) source material. (You'll find more recent and better-documented scattergrams in the back numbers at Sebastian and Bitter's blog.)
A very nasty hack-job under the title "The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery" simply begs to be taken apart. A thin collection of largely out-of-context quotes tries to prop up a tortured reading of the word "State" in the Second Amendment; things go downhill from there. The thesis seems to be that if the 2A can be shown to have been added in support of slave-revolt suppressing militias, why, then, the Amendement must be altogether bad -- even though these days, it supports the right of all of us to keep and bear arms without regard to race or ethnicity. (The editors there appear to delete any effective refutation of their nasty little notion, by the way.)
Fisk away, my friends.
* MJ appears to believe the police are not "civilians." Funny, I find no mention of them among Uncle Sam's seven uniformed services
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