The Huffington Post–not the Onion–is encouraging gun enthusiasts to move to Kansas. Kansas, long hemorrhaging residents, could use the extra manpower, but that doesn’t seem to be the point of a snark-filled post in the Huffpo.
“If you are what my friends in Fairfax call a ‘law-abiding’ person, go into a gun shop, buy a
banger, stick some ammo into it and you’re ready to defend yourself and everyone against all enemies – foreign, domestic or anything else,” Huffpo contributor, Mike Weisser, writes. “And the best news of all is that if you’re 21 years old, you can bring your gun into the most dangerous environment where nobody should be walking around unarmed, namely, college campuses because that’s where the threats to your safety and the safety of others can always be found.”
Weisser runs through a brief history of recent gun legislation, bemoaning that lawmakers eliminated a requirement that individuals take a class and apply for a license in order to carry a concealed weapon, “as iff sitting around in someone’s backyard and talking about the last time you shot a squirrel or a skunk constitutes training of any kind.”
And then he notes gun violence has exploded just across the state line in Missouri. (At least Weisser took a look at the map and made note of where Kansas ends and Missouri begins. The same can’t be said of the NAACP and several other media outlets.) Weisser says gun violence increased in Kansas City by 64 percent from 2014 to 2016, and that the city is about to set a new record for annual shootings.
“Of course the number of shootings in KC and throughout the state would probably be much higher if the law-abiding state residents weren’t all walking around with their guns,” he writes. One suspects that’s supposed to be sarcasm, but it’s actually the sole part of the scribbling that makes any sense.
There are likely far more gun owners in Johnson County, Kansas City’s neighbor on the Kansas side. However, the homicide rate in Johnson County is virtually nil. Snarky Weisser, however, suggests guns represent a threat to public safety.
“And it’s not only true of schools and hospitals, it’s true of everywhere else,” he writes.
The evidence in a city separated by two states and straddling a river suggests otherwise.