DC Trawler

Jim Carrey’s State of the Union address

Well, it’s less of an address than a tweet. But it’s no less stupid than anything you heard on Tuesday night:

I think the emoticon is a winking smirk? Or maybe he brushed the keyboard by accident as he was mugging and flailing about, because he’s “always on.”

So according to noted historian Jim Carrey, once the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified, all bets were off. We deserve whatever we get, America. People don’t kill people, guns kill people. (But don’t you dare suggest disbanding the Secret Service and keeping the First Family safe from all those evil guns, because that’s racist.)

Of course, Carrey is Canadian, so he’s glad to grab huge bags of our money while condemning the system that enabled him to earn it. Not all Canadians are such blinkered ingrates, though. His fellow Canuck expatriate Clayton Cramer says, “I’m Glad That I Don’t Have Canadian Murder Rates Where I Live”:

There was a time when Canadian murder rates were low enough compared to the U.S. for American gun-control advocates to argue in favor of Canadian style gun control for our country. This is no longer the case.

It is certainly true that for Canada as a whole, murder rates are still considerably lower than for the United States as a whole. For 2011, Canada had 1.73 homicides per 100,000 people; the United States had 4.8 murders and non-negligent homicides per 100,000 people. What I find fascinating, however, is to look at murder rates for Canadian provinces and compare them to their immediate American state neighbors…

For example, I live in Idaho. In 2011, our murder rate was 2.3 per 100,000 people. We have almost no gun-control laws here…

Surely with such lax gun-control laws, our murder rate must be much higher than our Canadian counterparts’ rate. But this is not the case: I was surprised to find that not only Nunavut (21.01) and the Northwest Territories (6.87) in Canada had much higher murder rates than Idaho, but even Nova Scotia (2.33), Manitoba (4.24), Saskatchewan (3.59), and Alberta (2.88) had higher murder rates.

Gun-free zones are the safest places on earth: You don’t have to worry about anybody trying to shoot you as you’re killing people.

Anyway. Speaking of Jim Carrey, weren’t the ’90s great?

(Hat tip: Twitchy)