Ever wondered about the most idiotic article ever written about guns would look like? Wonder no longer: See Why Rolling Stone’s List of ‘Most Dangerous Guns’ Is Being Called ‘Maybe the Worst Piece of Journalism of All-Time.’ And yes, it’s really stupid. Excerpt:
The Internet is relentlessly mocking Rolling Stone’s new photo slideshow outlining the “5 most dangerous guns in America,” with one reader calling it “maybe the worst piece of journalism of all-time.” Making the publication’s list are pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns, and even Derringers.
As one commenter asks, “what’s left?” Here’s Rolling Stone’s list, starting with the “most dangerous.”
Here’s the list:
- Revolvers (also handguns)
- Shotguns and…
Because, OMG guns!
It is perhaps belaboring the obvious to point out that this list includes, well, all guns. The article is being roundly mocked, as is only just and fitting, and a new internet meme has surfaced: Making lists of “most dangerous” this and that. For example, one might list the most dangerous personal vehicles as:
- Vans and…
And so forth.
Seriously, one wonders why this imbecile, one Kristen Gwynne, is actually writing for a national publication – even Rolling Stone, hardly known for its objectivity where firearms issues are concerned. But the really jarring lapse in elementary logic is the idea that an inanimate object can be “dangerous” in this context.
Crime requires intent. A gun cannot commit a crime – there is no such thing as “gun crime.” Only a motive agent, a person, can commit a crime. A gun is only a tool; and criminals everywhere, everywhen, will always find tools to use in the commission of crime.
Ms. Gwynne deserves scorn and derision for this piece of journalistic stupidity, and Rolling Stone deserves scorn and derision for publishing it. But the greater crime is pandering to hoplophobia and deliberate, willful ignorance; that deserves outright condemnation. Rolling Stone seems to be gaining plenty of the former. We’ll see about the latter.