Pharyngulites and the Va. Tech shootings April 16, 2007Posted by Administrator in Blogging, Cultural Pessimism, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing, Pharyngulism.
As you are aware, a maniac shot up the VTech campus in Blacksburg today, with over 30 having been killed.
MYers put this post up:
This is horrifying: somebody went on an armed rampage at Virginia Tech and killed at least 21 before killing himself. No clue yet on why this happened.
I was wondering when the reflexive slamming-the-right reaction would occur.
It was almost instantaneous.
That SUCKS! Wasn’t it a “Gun Free Campus”?
Anyone want to start bids on how long it will take the Religious Right to co-opt this tragedy as they did Columbine for a new round of “We need the Bible in our schools!” agitprop?
A gun-free campus has got to be an oxymoron. A gun-free anywhere in the USA enjoys at best a vanishingly-small probability (the chances are between slim and none, and Slim left town last week). There are approximately 200 million guns in this country. One news report said the shooter used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol or pistols. Lots of ammo capacity, rapid-fire, easy reload, not much recoil. And the VA Tech shooter broke Charles Whitman’s record at the University of Texas tower from nearly 41 years ago. The only remarkable thing about the VA Tech story is that such rampages don’t happpen more often with all the guns in the hands of the general public. Oh, sorry, Messers. Bush and Cheney, I forgot: guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
President Bush has already staked out his right to bear arms territory on the incident, the usual blarney of it’s all right to carry guns but breaking the law is wrong.’ Way back when– death of John Lennon, Ronald Regan responded to the press by saying, “In California, we have strict gun enforcement laws, an offender would get a fine and 15 years in the pen.” This quote is a near as I recall it. An (at the time) local newspaper columnist, Harlan Ellison put it in perspective: “John Lennon is dead.”
Let’s not start placing blame now.
This is on the order of 20 young people gunned down at what should be the most promising, positive time in their lives. I can’t even imagine the pain going on there right now.