“Facts,” said Aldous Huxley, “do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion,” said the late great Harvard sociologist and Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “but not to his own facts.”
“Get your facts first,” advised Mark Twain, “then you can distort them as you please.”
Well, you get the idea.
So here are a few items regarding crime that are worth keeping in mind:
It often seems that they are, but the evidence to support the perception is evidently actually somewhere between ambiguous and absent. Incidentally, please note that the claim that mass shootings are caused by exposure to violent video games also lacks supporting evidence.
There is a lot of obviously true common sense about guns and gun control — to say nothing of a vast amount of posturing and virtue-signalling by politicians — for which there is no actual supporting evidence.
A very courageous figure in disputes about gun-control policy in the United States is Dr. John Lott, who is now an independent scholar but who previously taught at such institutions as the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, and who was previously affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute:
I get it. I am — in case anybody has failed to notice — not an uncritically enthusiastic fan of President Donald J. Trump. But I’m also somebody who has traveled a bit, and I have to say that, for all of the flaws that indisputably still exist in my country, anyone who leaves the United States of America in search of utopia is bound to be disappointed. Even places that I love such as Norway and Switzerland have their negatives and present their challenges. Are you leaving America for Israel because you feel insecure? Really? Hmmm. I personally know people who have fled the United States and Mr. Trump for places such as Lima, Peru, and . . . well, I think that I’ll leave it at that.
“It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble,” observed Will Rogers, “it’s what we know that ain’t so.”