Dan - nice job indeed. It was a well functioning ‘thought grenade’. I emailed it to my ‘gentleman’s club’ email list. I know they’ll find it of value.
I recently wrote a post (that I haven’t yet posted to FR), that you might find interesting / amusing propaganda, called ‘Ban Dangerous Stuff’. It takes the progressive absurdities on gun control to their obvious illogical conclusion. I think you’ll like it:
The Chicago-Houston observation has another aspect, beyond banning things uselessly.
If one were to find two cities, very similar, and similar in murder rates, with the only difference being the gun control policy, the rational conclusion then would have been that banning guns does not do anything to reduce the murder rate. But here we have two cities where — if we forget for a moment the clearly irrelevant to anything difference in climate, which the author uses for comical effect, — two cities where gun control is one difference and murder rate is the other difference. So what would the rational conclusion be? Obviously, that making guns available reduces the murder rate.
Not merely is gun control as silly as baseball bat control or swimming pool control, — it is outright a contributor to murder rate.
Of course, a rational person would also know why: when the general population is armed, the general population is defended. Less murders are contemplated, and of those that are contemplated less succeed.
Ah, to be a nation of rational people! Which we once were!