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Chatterday | May 2, 2015

Chatterday | May 2, 2015

A collection of quotes from this week's Tower of 2A Babble:

“Next demand: Disarm the police. We have a 1/4 billion 2nd amendment guns in our homes 4 protection. We’ll survive til the right cops r hired.”— Wrong-headed tweet during Baltimore riots by “Bowling for Columbine” director Michael Moore, who managed to at least get the part about the importance of the Second Amendment correct.

“When there’s a credible scientist, somebody who wants to have a real constructive conversation about this, we’re going to be there."— Ted Alcorn, Everytown for Gun Safety research director, explaining why he dodged a televised debate with John Lott, a Ph.D. who has formerly served as chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission, has held positions at several prestigious academic institutions, and is a respected author and columnist.

“Will we soon see a new sort of grade inflation, with students earning a 4.0 GPA with their firepower rather than brainpower?”— Texas Woman’s University sociology professor Jessica Smartt Gullion in a ridiculous Newsweek op-ed titled, “Will Guns On Campus Lead To Grade Inflation?”

“Mass shootings are rare, but they are highly salient, and people tend to overestimate the likelihood of salient events. If a ban on semi‐automatic guns and large‐capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit.”— Touchy-feely Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, admitting in the majority opinion for the Highland Park case that a ban on semi-autos and magazines should stand since it might make people feel better.