By: Jeff Berwick
July 25, 2012
What to make of the Batman shooter who killed 12 people this week in Aurora, Colorado?
If we were to listen to sociopaths like Michael Bloomberg or mass murderers like Felipe Calderon then the problem is that guns exist and the solution is to have the government violently take them away from all people… except of course the true criminals like the government, police and regular criminals who would never turn in their guns.
Bloomberg even went so far as to state, “I don’t understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say, ‘We’re going to go on strike. We’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”
Reason.com fired back stating, “In 2008, ten times more civilians regular people were killed by cops than cops were killed by perps. In 2011, 72 cops were shot and killed in the entire U.S.; in L.A. County alone, cops shot and killed 54 suspects the same year–22 percent of those people were unarmed.” and pointed out that farmers, ranchers, commercial fishermen, loggers, garbage collectors, truck drivers, construction workers, pilots, steel workers, roofers, and others are far more likely to face death on the jobs than police or firefighters.