When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Americans have a constitutional right to keep a gun in their homes for self-defense, the progressive left was angry and full of dire predictions. The decision was going to lead to blood in the streets, we were told.
The mayors of two cities with very restrictive gun laws were especially apoplectic. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley called the Heller decision a “frightening ruling,” and he said we were going to have Wild West shootouts, because people “are going to take a gun and they are going to end their lives in a family dispute.”
Daley wasn’t alone is his dire warnings. Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty said, “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence.”
If those predictions had come true, we would be seeing special reports in magazine and on television, along with demands that “something must be done to stop this.” But since the truth is very, very different, the news media have been strangely silent.