Nicholas Kristof Essay 2011
We do that through seatbelts and airbags, through speed limits and highway barriers, through driver’s licenses and insurance requirements, through crackdowns on drunken driving and texting while driving.
The victimization rate for other firearm crimes dropped by a whopping 75 percent between 19.
Having lost to two straw men, Kristof proceeds to make a puzzling argument about suicides.
He addresses the claim that suicides “are not about guns” like this: Actually, that’s not true.
Everything from poverty to terrorism is the result of “youth bulges” and “booming populations.” To solve the growing problem of overpopulation, Kristof and his allies argue for “the birth control solution” and ensuring “the protection of reproductive rights.” The United Nations even went so far as to pressure Ireland and nations around the world to legalize abortion as a “human right.” The right to life, it seems, no longer applies when babies threaten the world.
When the “solution to many of the global problems that confront us” is to reduce the number of people on the planet, the assumption is that population is the major cause of global problems.