A few days ago we predicted PZ would never mention the mass murder that took place in Dayton, Ohio over the weekend because he can’t link that murderer to Trump or the right wing. That prediction still holds – PZ posted twice today on the topic of gun violence, but never mentioned the murders in Ohio.
Sometimes it feels good to say, “I told you so.” This time it just feels sad.
One of those posts on gun violence produced the lie we cover today, all because Neil deGrasse Tyson had the temerity to dissent from PZ’s evangelical orthodoxy on gun control.
PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:
We require licensing and training before you are allowed to drive a car, and we pay fleets of police to enforce traffic laws. The police are also paid to prevent criminals from killing people and to arrest those who do. Those terrible deaths? Society is trying to do something about them.https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/08/06/neil-degrasse-tyson-said-something-stupid/
Mass shootings, not so much. People are grieving and terrified and even, dare I say it, emotional about these incidents because they are so arbitrary, because we would be helpless in those situations, and because nothing is being done to prevent them.
Of course society as a whole, and law enforcement in particular, are taking steps to prevent mass murders in the future. It is the FBI’s number one priority. Academics have studied the problem and have proposed solutions. But because the solutions that have been implemented don’t conform with PZ Myers’s narrow ideological preferences, he chooses to lie and say nothing at all is being done.
PZ already laid out his proposals to deal with the problem of mass murder in the United States, which included outlawing the Republican Party. He apparently defines anything short of that as inaction. This is one of those complex issues which demands a critical and skeptical eye. It demands someone who will take a deeper look at the underlying causes and come up with novel, possibly counter-intuitive solutions. It demands someone who is not ideologically driven and who will take an unbiased look at the evidence.
PZ Myers is not that person.
He demands evidence and skepticism when dealing with a creationism, for example, but demands dogma and ideological purity when dealing with political issues. It is absolutely fascinating to watch him contort his conclusions to get around this dichotomy.
Today: 1 science-related post, 5 posts on other stuff
Since 30 May 19: 82 science-related posts, 210 non-science posts.
28% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science.
Today: 1 PZ Myers Lie
Since 30 May 19: 81 PZ Myers Lies
Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.