Quote of the day—AWR Hawkins

According to Suffolk University, in addition to not wanting to hear about gun control in 2016, a majority of Americans do not believe increasing gun control via expanded background checks will curb mass violence. Fifty-six percent of respondents said it would not, while only 40 percent of respondents said it would.

This makes sense, when you consider that Roof allegedly purchased his gun via a background check at a Charleston gun store.

AWR Hawkins
June 30, 2015
Survey: Majority of Americans Not Interested in Gun Control for 2016
[Makes sense? It would make sense if it were 95% instead of 56%. That 40% think expanded background checks would “curb mass violence” when the example immediately in front of them is completely counter to that hypothesis is proof of their inability to draw even the simplest of logical conclusions.

This is a demonstration the fact that for a very large percentage of the population they, at best, make reasoning sounds. The concept of reason is completely alien to them. This is really frightening to me. I would expect dogs, cats, dolphins, and some birds, let alone all primates, to have that good of reasoning skills with similar problems. Apparently humans, on the whole, can do little better than chance.—Joe]

9 thoughts on “Quote of the day—AWR Hawkins

  1. The fact that the majority remains sensible in the face of decades of incessant brainwashing is encouraging.

  2. It’s the Elvis and UFO effect. A considerable percentage of Americans still think Elvis is alive and living on some island, probably with Jimmy Hoffa and others believe in UFOs and that they were abducted for probing. Wishful thinking overriding lack of evidence and reality.

    I would question how they had asked the poll so as to get the 40% number. A good number of people are really dumb, but almost half seems absurd (or truly terrifying).

    • “Do you wish for;
      A) more people and puppies to die horrible deaths in mass shootings, or
      B) more restrictions on gun ownership so this problem can be stopped once and for all?”

      Never mind the fact that citizen disarmament has only ever had one purpose; to make the perpetration of mass violence less risky for government and criminals.

  3. “That 40% think expanded background checks would “curb mass violence” when the example immediately in front of them is completely counter to that hypothesis is proof of their inability to draw even the simplest of logical conclusions.”

    Is that how science works? Is one example enough to draw a conclusion?

    I notice that this survey didn’t ask about a gun ban…. I’d like to see what the numbers would be on that question.

  4. Okay, I’m admittedly being pedantic here. But how, pray tell, do you buy a gun “via a background check”? (What they presumably meant was that Roof passed a background check while legally purchasing a gun.)

    This sort of sloppy thinking bothers me. You don’t need to know that .9mm is a typo; we’re not talking about guns per se, but about ordinary English usage.

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