Hoaxes

The story of the Columbian cartel members “defending” a Paris restaurant from terrorists is apparently false. Other false tales that circulated after the attack are discussed after the link, which is translated by Google from a Spanish original.

It was an odd situation, twisting the old phrase “the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” In this case, it was “… stop a terrorist with a gun is a drug cartel gangster with a gun.” Or perhaps, “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns when terrorists attack.” In any event, the story seems untrue.

In the meantime,

President Obama stood in the city where half a thousand people were killed or wounded by jihadists days before and declared that mass shootings only happen in America. You have to wonder what his speechwriters were thinking.

When Obama said yesterday “I mean, I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings; this just doesn’t happen in other countries” it turns out that his statement is sort of perversely true, in the sense that yes, he does tend to say something stupid and false after each such incident. But the underlying data shows the basic assertion to be false, as this Washington Post article shows.

That article also reveals another trick: Outside of the US, some researchers omit mass shootings connected to terrorism; they don’t count. And since they count drug murders by Mexican cartels as terrorism, Mexico is a gentle, peaceful nation with no gun violence problem. But in the US, terrorist attacks on Ft. Hood and recruiting offices and so on are simply mass murders.

And, as I began to edit this for posting, there was a new attack close by (in San Bernardino). Bad. But it won’t count as a “mass murder” because it is terrorism … ah, wait, it’s in the US so it counts. The former FBI assistant director ascribed Farook Saeed and his two Middle Eastern accomplices as “anti-government militia” types. The media was desperately hoping for Tea Party or pro-life folks, but apparently not. Obviously, this story is still developing.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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