“Assault Rifles Won’t Solve Your Feral Hog Problem, Say Scientists”

There really are people out there who believe that they need to be prepared should a herd of 30 to 50 feral hogs suddenly come charging out of the woods into the space that their children are playing in. These sorts of “Hollywood-movie-threats” tend to be given as examples when people with an overreliance on the effectiveness of firearms find themselves having to justify their need for an assault rifle.

The problem is that these folks don’t seem to understand that:

  1. there are all sorts of ‘surprises’ which could suddenly threaten their children like an out-of-control car crashing through the fence or a piece of an airplane falling out of the sky
  2. many of these ‘surprises’ are more likely to happen than a herd of 30 to 50 feral pigs appearing in the backyard of their suburban neighbourhood home
  3. an assault rifle with a super-sized clip isn’t going to be very useful should most of the most likely ‘surprises’ happen


“There is No Place for the State in the Bedrooms of the Nation”

One of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s more famous quips. The words were actually first put together by The Globe and Mail’s Martin O’Malley and ‘borrowed’ by Trudeau.



“White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots”

“Americans want to believe that the surge in white-supremacist violence and recruitment has no roots in U.S. soil, that it is racist zealotry with a foreign pedigree and marginal allure,” wrote Adam Serwer in April 2019.

When in fact, he argued, “a strange kind of historical amnesia has obscured the American lineage of this white-nationalist ideology.”


“The Rules of the Gun Debate”

It is almost as though the debating rules for the gun debate in the US are designed to ensure that the debate is never resolved.

Twenty people were killed in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on August 4, 2019. Just as I finished proofreading this post at around 0215 on August 5, 2019, my phone received a notification of a different mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.



Note that this post references an article in The Atlantic which is dated October 6, 2017.