Klein appears to be positioning himself to retain the title in 2013 by leaping into the gun control debate on the heels of the man-caused disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Remember: we're not allowed to call evil by its rightful name, be it Islamofascism or plain psychopathy.
Klein's latest missive is as impressive a collection of lies, fables, half-truths and misdirection as you'll see in a single WaPo excretion. Consider a couple of clips:
If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing. If terrorists were detonating bombs in port after port, you can be sure Congress would be working to upgrade the nation’s security measures. If a plague was ripping through communities, public-health officials would be working feverishly to contain it.
Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not.
I've got a better analogy: if increasingly easy access to welfare and food stamps offer incentives to rear children out of wedlock... and if those kids born out of wedlock are proven to commit violent crime at far higher rates than kids raised in two-parent familes... and if the correlation of welfare to violent crime had been proven in roughly two dozen studies... and if said correlation affected millions of kids... would Democrats finally abandon their failed "Great Society" policies that have literally turned inner cities into violent, crime-ridden wastelands?
Would Democrats repudiate their own destructive policies that condemn huge numbers of inner-city kids to lives of violence, death or prison?
I didn't think so.
States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence.
Last year, economist Richard Florida dove deep into the correlations between gun deaths and other kinds of social indicators. Some of what he found was, perhaps, unexpected: Higher populations, more stress, more immigrants, and more mental illness were not correlated with more deaths from gun violence. But one thing he found was, perhaps, perfectly predictable: States with tighter gun control laws appear to have fewer gun-related deaths.
You mean like Illinois?
An Aurora Massacre occurs every 10 days in Chicago, the city with the strictest handgun restrictions in the U.S., located in the state with the strictest firearm restrictions in the country.
Like Washington DC, New York City, cities in Mexico, cities in Germany, and even London -- to name but a few -- "gun-free" cities are truly areas where the innocent are targeted by predators who have no intention of abiding by any law.
The masterminds who think they can banish evil from the world by banning guns must reject all of human history, as well as logic and reason, to promote their unconstitutional schemes.
Which is why Ezra Klein will almost certainly retain the title of the World's Dumbest Blogger next year.