By David Codrea.
Another school shooting has happened, this time in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Ohio, just up the road a piece from where I live. A 17 year old has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the deaths of three students and the wounding of two others.
At this writing, authorities are still trying to piece together why he did it and how he got the .22-caliber pistol he used to fire 10 shots into his human targets (conflicting stories say he stole it from his uncle or his grandfather).
The local news stations understandably ran with the story full time for the first few days, and their coverage was sadly predictable. The “experts” they presented all focused on topics like bullying (current reports say the attacker may or may not have been the subject of abuse, and may or may not have targeted his victims for revenge), lockdowns (revealingly, those holed up in the teachers’ lounge had to push a piano against the door because it had no lock), and grief counseling. Yet praise for the school administration and police was universal.
And naturally, there was not one word in the reports I watched about the deterrence factor peaceable armed adults could have on those who rely on “gun-free” zones to succeed in their murderous plans. Instead, the newspapers were quick to demand more “common sense gun laws” on their editorial pages, disregarding a shooter not old enough to legally possess a handgun, who stole the one he had, who carried it into a mandated “no-guns” environment…
Media personalities like Bill Maher were quick to take the offensive, telling CNN host Piers Morgan: “Guns are a religion. They’re next to godliness for a lot of people. And you wonder what they’re doing with them. I know they love to blow the brains out of innocent animals for fun, I guess that’s one thing. But they also have this fantasy in their head, if you talk to a lot of right-wingers, that somehow they read the Second Amendment as necessary, because we might have a tyranny in this country.”
Alex Wagner of MSNBC, already on record urging “Get rid of the Second Amendment” after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, offered no answers other than claiming, “Standing up to the vocal, but certainly not all-powerful gun lobby, would be a very good place to start.
Revealing of the mindset that fuels this line of non-reasoning is a popular Chicago feminist blogger who created a firestorm among online activists with her post: “Time to ban handguns, guys.” Responding to a critic’s argument that defenseless people are powerless to do anything but await their execution, she unintentionally did us a service, telling us everything we need to know about the citizen disarmament “solution.”
“Cowering under a desk,” she replied, “is indeed the only recourse for people facing life threatening situations in a school. Unless you are suggesting we pack every lunch box with a handgun.”
I’ve never seen the ultimate stupid argument of the gun-grabbers more eloquently put.