John Legend speaks out on guns, foolishness ensues

Celebrities of all stripes feel compelled, I suppose, to speak out on social issues. I am fine with that, I just wish they would take being well-informed as seriously as they take speaking out.

The Breakfast Club host DJ Envy said, “You travel a lot. You’ve been to Toronto, you’ve been to Japan, and you notice when you go to a lot of these countries, people are not allowed to have guns.” Legend interjected, “Yes, and their murder rates are way lower. Their suicide rates are lower, too, because when people have guns, they end up using them.”

Odd that he mentions that. Canada’s suicide rate did not fall after Canada went with stricter gun laws. And to the comment that people end up using guns if they have them. Hmmm, if that were true, then why are the 300,000,000 guns in America not being used constantly? Legend might also look at the homicide and violent crime rates in America. They are far, far lower than many nations with highly restrictive gun laws.

Envy asked, “So banning guns in full, you’re saying?”

Legend responded:

I’m not saying that necessarily would work. But if we look at Australia, they did something over there. They had a few mass shootings, and they said, “You know what? We’re going to take a pretty significant approach to reducing the amount of guns on the streets.” And it worked. They didn’t have another mass shooting, their murder rate went down, and we won’t do it here because we got the Second Amendment. We got the NRA that’s going to lobby against it. And maybe it won’t be constitutional to do that, but at the end of the day, it actually worked. And if we want to talk about what makes us safer, that would make us safer.

Ah yes, Australia, a popular nation for gun control advocates, including Hillary Clinton, to throw around as an example how gun control works. Not so fast Mr. Legend, Australia is struggling with rising gun crime. To be fair, I doubt Mr. legend knows about that story, but really, facts should not matter right? Legend is a celebrity, so we should all crave and value his wisdom.

Legend also blamed Chicago’s gun crime on Indiana, claiming that criminals in Chicago go to Indiana to buy their guns.

But of course he did. This is another popular tactic with the Cult of Gun Control. Rather than looking honestly at cities with high crime rates and strict gun control, like Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, Newark, DC, etc The Left blames surrounding states with less restrictive gun laws.. Here is the one question I would pose to Mr. Legend. If it is guns from Indiana causing the violence in Chicago, then why don’t those guns cause similar problems in Indiana? Why do the guns in Virginia, which are blamed for high rates of violence in DC and Baltimore, not cause the same rates in Virginia?

I might also ask Mr. legend why people like himself never blame early release of violent criminals? Like the two thugs who murdered Dwayne Wade’s cousin? Why do people like himself never talk about gangs, which are a massive problem, or absent fathers in the black community? Why do they never point their fingers at the political party (Democrats) that is, and has been in charge of the vast majority of the most violent cities? Finally, I would ask Mr. Legend if he has ever looked up the number of times firearms are used in self-defense in America? Why would he seek to disarm so many, including myself, that have defended themselves with a firearm? Finally, I would ask Mr. legend why America which is #1 in firearm ownership, with gun sales setting new records nearly every month, and with well over 13,000,000 Americans carrying firearms, not the highest in violent crime and homicides? Why are we not in the top 10? Or top 25? Or the top 50? Or even the top 100? 

But, what do I know, right? I am not a celebrity who thinks he has to say certain things, regardless of their veracity. I am just a guy who pours through stats to educate myself before I opine.

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