Sunday, January 9, 2011

Quote of the Day - Rand Simberg Edition

The loony left in the media (i.e., most of them) blames “right-wing” haters, the Tea Party, and particularly Sarah Palin (as though no one else has ever used a cross-hair list in a political campaign). The “right” points out that the left was angry at her for voting against Queen Nancy last week. The Brady bunch can’t wait to wallow in the still-warm blood to demand that the citizenry be disarmed. Fans of Jonah Goldberg will point out that the shooter’s choice of reading material, including both Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto, is in no way incongruent, and, as with Timothy McVeigh, many will declare him a Christian (with an implication that this explains his acts) in the face of not only no evidence, but in the face of counterevidence.

As usual, the event will be used as an excuse for everyone to saddle up their political hobby horses. In the coming days, we can count on renewed demands to do things that either wouldn’t have prevented this, or would so restrict our freedom and way of life as to have allowed this particular terrorist to win. The gun grabbers will demand that the guns be grabbed. There will be proposals for armed guards at all political events and for all politicians who ever have the temerity to go out in public. There will be calls for policing the Internet and talk radio to prevent the “hate speech” that allegedly caused it (though only “right-wing” hate speech, of course). We’ve been through all of this before.
Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism and Internet security. He offers occasionally biting commentary about infinity and beyond at his weblog, Transterrestrial Musings. He is an Adjunct Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

This man is 100% correct.  This is a horrible tragedy that is being politicized by both sides of the aisle, and it shouldn't be.  A young kid has destroyed lives, including his own, for reasons that we probably will never fully understand.  From what we can gleen so far from what is available of the shooter, his views are incoherent and make little to no sense whatsoever. 

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LL said...

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were shot dead in Sarajevo, by Gavrilo Princip. That was an assassination (that began WW1).

The situation in Yuma falls far short of that - since it was the act of an unbalanced man acting alone. Am I the only one who can tell the difference?

It's simply too bad that the people attending the gathering were not themselves armed (as allowed by AZ State Law) and able to return fire and kill the attacker. They ended up like lambs to the slaughter because none of them had the means to stop him.

Just a conservative girl said...

From what I have seen around the net, you are in the minority. I am hopeful that once you get beyond the internet that people see it the way you do. The kid is a nutjob who did a horrible thing. Why people are choosing to label it one way or another is beyond me. The worst part of that is that they are taking away the repsonsibility from where it rightly belongs, on the shooter. He did it.

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