The first myth that needs to be adressed is America a particularly violent society.
The left seems to forget that crime is but one part of the source of violence. In many parts of the world violence by the state democide is a real problem.
Thus when one talks of homicide death by state should be included. Thus when a Marxist like your typical University Professor or the deranged comedic 167 or duncy start down this path everyones comon sense should be offended. Communism, Nazism and Jihadism are all elitist versions of Utopianism. The power and rights and resources are reserved for the true believers. Thus those who do not share the mass insanity end up slaughtered or in a Gulag. Every Muslim country with the exception of Turkey has religious police who function much like a Cuban block patrol. Religious minorities and dissenters are harassed and killed. One hears zero about genuine human rights violations motivated by manifesto or Koran.
Thus when one hears of the great slaughters of civilians one sees an unarmed populace. Chinese peasants did not arm themselves and this made it easy for Mao to liquidate them . A similar pattern emerges in the Soviet Union, Cambodia, Cuba and everywhere else groucho Marxism is attempted. The Holocaust was accelerated by an unarmed starving populace. On the rare ocasions Jews had arms most fought tooth and nail as in the Warsaw Ghetto.
The media does play up the rare instances of school shootings playing up the gun angle and kids. It often ignores a series of other factors that accompany the crimes.
Poe points out that the homicide rate amongst white people is similar to that of Europe or Canada. The operative variable acording to Poe is not race.
Unlike our so called worldly travelers I frequently traveled the inner city and had daily contact with hard working minorities who love their country. The problem is that the populace is disarmed due to restrictive gun laws. No American deserves to live in a war zone. The problems are drug dealing, drug usage and gangs are often concentated in inner cities. The sad reality is a poor hard working black or hispanic is far more likely to be killed then the rest of us.
The media tend not to report these stories as gang on gang violence does not sell papers. Drug dealers basting each other away is only a story if a noteable or a young kid gets caught in the crossfire. Should hardworking men like my friend Malcolm who works two jobs in addition to his military disability have the right to defend his home ? Criminals depend on an unarmed populace and will violate any law
and making hard working people like Malcolm into sitting ducks is outrageous.
The media also plays down religious ( Islamic) crime . Thus we were told Ari Halberstam was killed in a road rage. The religious beliefs and timing of the Washington sniper were not examined. The incedent at the EL AL ticket counter at LAX never widely reported. Nor was the fact that trained personel averted a larger tragedy by effective use of firearms hailed. The media examined every detail of the Columbine story but ignores the Hassan Ahkbar murder spree in Kuwait.
Poe attributes this to a media desire towards an unarmed populace. There is plenty of sentiment amongst democrats and some liberal Republicans for a move in that direction. Yet my friends in Vermont viewed the spree of car burnings in France with derision and this is despite the fact that most were descended from the French themselves. Let some yokels try to burn cars in a small American town and the Police would be needed to protect the arsonists. In the small town where I live everyone knows who owns what property. Part of my initial scrutiny from the Police in VT was that I was an outsider in a small community. I still keep to myself as much as possible as most of the Town life revolves around bars and churches places I seldom frequent.
Poe's book has too many ideas to break down by chapter. Mr Poe also was well aware of my moderation on the Second Amenment when he sent me the book. He also knows I can be shifted by a well founded argument. This promises to be the best serialization yet and certainly more lively then Levy on Burundi.