Dick Wolf’ (Law and Order) has a new NBC show, “Chicago Med” (one of a series, including “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Pet Shop,” or something: I can’t keep track). Tonight, the liberal activist’s hospital drama gave its audience a plot involving an NRA member’s wet dream gone horribly wrong. A man with an assault-type weapon bursts into a movie theater, sparking a mass panic and stampede and causing many injuries and at least one death. A mild-mannered, bespectacled young man in the audience (think Bernard Goetz, because that’s who the series wants you to think of) pulls out his pistol and shoots the gunman. He’s interviewed on the scene by an eager news media, and hailed as a fast-thinking hero.
Ah, but all is not what it seemed, or did seem. The “gunman” was a teen prankster with a website, who was filming material, and carrying not a weapon, but a leafblower. The hero, who had a concealed carry permit (he had been mugged in the past), wasn’t a hero at all, but the shooter of an unarmed kid—you know, just like all these trigger-happy cops. (The Mad Leaf Blower almost dies, but is saved by a liver transplant from a woman who died in the panic he started. Give-me-a-break. ). Now everyone at the hospital is looking at the one-time hero like he smells bad. He is overcome with remorse, and being relentlessly attacked on social media.
So he steps in front of a car, and is killed.
The lesson, of course, is that guns are a curse: fear of mass shootings caused the panic, and a legal gun made a bad situation worse. It’s a false lesson. The shooter did the right thing. The prankster was literally demonstrating why it’s wrong to shout fire in a crowed theater, and was not 10%, not 50%, not 85%, but 100% responsible for every resulting tragedy. He should enjoy his ill-gotten liver while sitting in prison for the next decade or two. That the shooter didn’t save lives (actually, he may have saved lives anyway by short-circuiting the panic) was pure moral luck, for the shooter just as easily could have had a gun: which is more likely when someone dressed as a terrorist charges into a theater, that he has a leaf blower, or a deadly weapon?
This was manipulative and intellectually dishonest anti-gun propaganda not mitigated by the anti-hoax message or even by the sympathy of some of the doctors for the unfortunate shooter’s plight. Wolf thinks he proved that guns are bad even when they seem to be good. All he proved to me is how extensive and powerful the forces are that will go to any lengths to disarm us.