Michael Bloomberg and Everytown funded a two-day “workshop” in Phoenix, Ariz., over the weekend, sponsored by Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. While the event was supposedly intended to educate journalists about topics pertaining to “guns and gun violence,” you’d be correct if you guessed that attendees were mostly getting educated on one side of the issue.
Of the 17 panelists, 15 were gun-control advocates. The only pro-gun speakers were journalist S.E. Cupp and legal expert Dave Kopel, who was limited to covering Second Amendment history. Plus, the only law enforcement officers participating appeared to have been cherry-picked for their pro-gun-control stance. While none of this is surprising, it’s depressing to see how little a distinguished institution like Columbia cares about even pretending to be unbiased.
“Ferguson Effect” Goes Nationwide
Recent news sources have questioned why gun ownership continues to spread as violent crime in America goes down. But the impression of an inexorable march toward a safer country seems to be crumbling before our eyes, especially in big cities. In Baltimore we’re seeing a 60 percent rise in shootings over last year. This phenomenon seems to be the result of what has been dubbed the “Ferguson Effect,” in which widespread hostility toward law enforcement results in less proactive policing and a bolder criminal element.
And it’s much bigger than Baltimore. Chicago is experiencing a rash of murders, and other major cities—New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Milwaukee and more—are experiencing significant increases in violent crime. The Ferguson Effect has seemingly enveloped many of the nation’s big cities, and in many of the cities affected, restrictive gun-control laws mean that the law-abiding are nearly powerless to defend themselves.
Sight Of Gun Ends Violent Houston Carjacking
Daniel Bertrand of Houston, Texas, was on a date night with his wife when their car was rear-ended in a parking garage outside the Galleria. One of the passengers in the other vehicle got out on the pretense of apologizing, but he soon jumped into the couple’s car and started trying to drive away. When Bertrand pulled him out of the driver’s seat, the would-be carjacker violently beat him away and tried a second time to escape.
Bertrand pulled him out again and this time drew a firearm on the suspect. The man jumped back into the car with his accomplices and left the scene immediately. “I think it was the biggest surprise of his life,” said Bertrand. “His eyes got really big.”