One of the reporters I complained to said that he had covered climate change for many years. He explained that journalists were able to stop their “balanced” reporting of that issue only when objective findings indicated that the overwhelming majority of scientists thought climate change was indeed happening, and that it was caused by humans.

So I decided to determine objectively, through polling, whether there was scientific consensus on firearms. What I found won’t please the National Rifle Assn.

Op-Ed There’s scientific consensus on guns — and the NRA won’t like it

Yeah, that global warming consensus thing is working real fine. So fine in fact that it is April 24, and 23 states are still reporting snow.

It is like a bad joke from a Harry Potter movie: utter the magic word “consensus” and watch the whole world go 180 degrees of what you intended.

At least we get a good laugh out of it.


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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

7 thoughts on “Consensus: You keep using that word…”
  1. The AGW-kool-aid crowd would insist that the cold temperatures are caused by global warming, but then we’ve also seen them insisting that war is peace, slavery is freedom, and ignorance is strength, so what do you expect?

  2. decided that to qualify for the survey the researcher should have published on firearms in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and that he or she should be an active scientist — someone who had published an article in the last four years. I was interested in social science and policy issues, so I wanted the articles to be directly relevant

    Gee, Let me select the people likely to be using ‘research’ as a way of pushing for gun control then ask them if they feel gun control works. We can call this ‘scientific evidence’ that gun control works and everyone believes it to work.

    Scientific consensus isn’t always right, but it’s our best guide to understanding the world.

    Wasn’t there scientific consensus the world was flat? That the earth was the center of the universe? That many illnesses were caused by bad ‘humours’ in the body that had to be removed through blood letting?

    Bob S.

  3. paraphrasing,

    “Four out of five dentists agree that having a gun in the home makes one more likely to be the victim of homicide in their home by someone else using that gun.”

    No Shiite Sherlock?!

    – Not having a gun in the house makes it physically impossible to be shot by your own gun as it does not exist.

    – Having a gun makes it possible, however infinitesimal, to be shot with your own gun.

    Therefore, having a gun makes it more likely to _______ than not having a gun. It is the only way it can work, no math surveys, or stats needed.

    It is also trivial.

    Having a car makes it more likely that you die in your own car driving home from work than________.

    Having a backyard pool makes it more likely that you drown in your backyard pool.

  4. In 1616, the “Concensus” was that the Sun, Planets and the Stars all rotated around the Earth. Galileo Galilei was ordered by the authorities to abandon his research and observations that supported Heliocentrism, where the Sun is the center of the Solar System.

    Today I am told that we must abandon my observations that the Earth is not warming. The Concensus of “Right Thinking Environmentalists” have spoken.

    And yet it moves.

  5. I think the words they really should instead be using for climate change and gun control are “narrative” or “propaganda” or “disinformation” or more succinctly “lies”.

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