- That the latest school shooting, this one in Sante Fe, Texas that left ten dead, came so soon after the last one, barely three months ago, is meaningless. It is moral luck. Never mind, though: the timing, like everything else in the incident, will be politicized and used for political agendas.
Well, maybe not completely moral luck. A case can be made that the increasingly hysterical and long-running news coverage these tragedies receive—the last one dominated the news for more than a month—increases the likelihood that some sick kid who wants to go out in a blaze of infamy chooses this guaranteed route. No, you can’t blame CNN, much as I would like to. Nor is there any way to limit news reports and publicity, especially when it also becomes entertainment programming, and that is what the last school shooting’s emotional finger-pointing exercises became. The publicity, however, is more “to blame” than, say, the NRA.
- I checked developments just before I was going to write this bullet point: sure enough, the guns used and the shooter’s method of obtaining them had absolutely nothing to do with all of the “sensible” gun-control measures that have been shouted at us since Parkland. The shooter took his father’s guns, which were legal. The guns used didn’t include an “assault-type weapon.”
Indeed, this school shooting had nothing to do with gun regulations at all. Do you think that little detail will stop the anti-gun zealots from using it to advance their agenda anyway? Of course not; facts have always been irrelevant when gun-banning is the topic.
- And, sure enough, the first elected politician to intone about the matter lied, pandered, and made the job of anti-Second Amendment advocates easier. Said Texas Governor Abbott: “We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It’s time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again.”
How, governor? How do you make “sure” this kind of tragedy never happens again? Confiscate guns? Ban schools? Ban children? I know the idea is to say comforting things, but the idea, repeated constantly after the Parkland shooting, that such shooting can be prevented (“easily” claim the student scolds) is foolish, dishonest, and invites bad policy.
- One measure that the facts of this episode points to, a factor that was present in the Sandy Hook massacre, is harsh penalties for parents who allow their legally purchased weapons to fall into the hands of their children.
Civil liability isn’t enough. There needs to be criminal liability.
- I’m going to write as little as I can about the complete déjà vu we will face now: the same illogical arguments, the same false statistics, the same emotional over-reach, the same grandstanding and virtue-signaling, the same irresponsible reporting, and villain-casting, and “think of the children,” and irresponsible uses of the words “safe,” “sensible” and the rest. I’ll just reference past posts.
Maybe I’ll use a simple code.
- This will be nauseating. Surely some of the students of the latest school to be shot up will seek the same fame and influence of David Hogg and Company, and there will be a host of sponsors to give them their chance. Their message will be indistinguishable from their models’ earlier versions—“Do something!”—-but we will have to listen to it as if it is the discovered wisdom of the ages.
We will also be told that students are afraid of going to school, and that telling them in response, “Well, get over it.You’re extremely safe” is callous and cruel, though completely true.
- I will not, however, submit quietly as the proto-totalitarian Left, aided and abetted by conservative cowards, creates a precedent for the principle that law-abiding and responsible citizens should forfeit their Constitutional rights because a tiny percentage of the population cannot be trusted with them. I have no faith that our political class has the integrity or the fortitude to resist the pointed fingers of self-righteous teenagers when they are sanctified by the news media and funded by Hollywood celebrities.
So I will buy a gun, the most powerful and effective firearm I can afford and handle. I don’t need one now, but since there is such a growing conspiracy to take away my right to obtain a gun when and if I do need one, the prudent course is to act now.