The gun grabbers reject facts. They prefer magical thinking.

Via the National Review:

In the wake of Sunday’s horrific Texas church shooting, America’s chattering classes promptly responded with silent, respectful, and somber reflection, holding off on divisive and caustic political debates for the day.

Unfortunately for all of us, that was over on Earth 2.

Back here on the real Earth, politicians, pundits, and journalists immediately spiraled into Internet shouting matches, rehashing what could be the single most depressing national debate of our time.

On one side, we see shocked Americans sending out “thoughts and prayers” for the victims of a mass shooting.

On the other, we have ardent gun-control advocates ripping the “thoughts and prayers” crowd for its supposed hypocrisy, inaction, and empty, naive gestures.

“Superstition helps explain how people think about gun laws,” declared an October headline at The Economist, adding that “a large number of Republican voters indulge in magical thinking.” Supporters of gun rights, the article continues, “understand the world on the basis of feelings and gut instinct, not doctrine or empirical facts, even when confronted with them.”

Well then. Lest we be accused of “magical thinking” when it comes to the Texas tragedy, let’s look at the empirical facts.

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