When propaganda misfires

Item 1: “Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. It is in many ways similar to the United Kingdom, except with much more severe prison terms for even the smallest gun law violations.”

Item 2: “16 dead in Mexico shootout ahead of Obama visit.”

What is shocking and confusing gun control advocates is that the effect of the usual media coverage of guns has flipped on them. It used to be that coverage of a firearm-related massacre caused the average individual who didn’t think much about guns to react emotionally in favor of gun control laws. But, because so many of massacres have taken place where guns were already illegal, the emotional reaction to massacre coverage now tends to take the form of thinking: “the victims were helpless and the police were worthless… I’d really better buy a gun so that at least I’ll have a chance to defend myself.”