Scapegoating by anecdote

For every one Mollie Tibbetts who’s murdered by an immigrant (whether documented or otherwise), there are…A LOT MORE nice young women murdered by American-born men.

If the goal is to minimize violent crime, sorry but targeting immigrants is focusing energy in the wrong direction. The lion’s share of criminals are here by birth.

But of course the use of Mollie Tibbetts as a poster child for border-walling isn’t about protecting women like Mollie. It’s about demonizing brown people coming from poor countries. Mollie’s family is having none of your bullshit.

“But criminals don’t obey laws!”

This is one of those pro-gun talking points that always gets projectile-vomited into the national discourse whenever we want to talk about gun control. We get comparisons with things like drug prohibition, which very obviously doesn’t work. The argument is basically that restrictions on guns won’t do anything to stop “criminals” from getting their hands on firearms, so it would be unfair to deprive non-criminals from legally owning guns. Preferably without background checks. Or any restrictions on things like magazine capacity. The assumption is that ordinary law-abiding citizens keep themselves—and others!—safe by owning guns. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so don’t you dare take away my assault rifle.

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