In an odd juxtaposition, our summery bikini-clad Rule Five Friday is featuring a discussion of nutcases, guns and mass shootings. Of such oddities is the bloggerverse constructed.
In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, in which a nutbar invaded a military post in which every single military member was strangely unarmed, some facts are finally coming out.
And, in one other obvious move, the usual suspects in the gun-banner clique are wasting no time trying to capitalize on the incident, although the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto observes that the outcry for more gun bans seems tepid. Excerpt:
A few days after last year’s massacre at Newtown, Conn., we observed: “Every time one of these horrible shooting sprees occurs, countless voices in the media declaim that (1) we need a debate on gun control, and (2) the other side’s views are despicable, stupid and unworthy of consideration.” It’s happening again, in reaction to Monday’s murders at the Washington Navy Yard. But it’s strikingly muted by comparison with the post-Newtown frenzy.
True, “President Obama called on Congress on Tuesday to revisit gun control legislation,” as the Washington Post reports. But he didn’t do it Monday, when he acknowledged the shooting before going on to deliver a hyperpartisan speech on economic policy.
The reaction might be tepid because of one thing, something I’ve mentioned before when discussing the common root cause these kinds of things tend to have – that being that the shooter is usually as loony as a loon convention during a lunar eclipse, with an extra double helping of fucking nuts thrown in.
What makes this particular nutbar outstanding is that he somehow not only fell through the cracks of the Imperial Federal Government’s vaunted background check system, but also through the Navy’s system of background checks for security clearances and base access. The stupid just keeps piling up, doesn’t it?
PJ Media’s Roger L. Simon postulates that this may be an inevitable side effect of our tradition of civil liberties. Excerpt:
No one is more boring and predictable than Senator Dianne Feinstein immediately calling for the banning of assault weapons after the carnage at the Washington Navy Yard. That an AR-15 wasn’t even involved in the mass killing is also predictable. Liberalism, as exemplified by Ms. Feinstein, is just a fuddy-duddy ideology in general, so old-fashioned you want to bang your forehead on the table.
…no one should want paranoid schizophrenics to have arms… not even a number two pencil because, if their voices tell them to do it, they will put out your eye with it.
…it’s about time that folks on the right stop being paranoid themselves and worried about the Second Amendment (yes, we must completely and permanently support it for obvious reasons) and start doing something about crazy people. They shouldn’t have guns. They should be in hospitals.
Yes, that’s true. There has to be a way to improve our mental health system, especially how that system talks to itself from state to state and how it interacts with the criminal justice and background check systems. In this age of internet marvels where you can find the average weight of a manatee spleen in 6.8 seconds, there has to be a way to improve this reporting, to keep people like Aaron Alexis from buying (legally, at least) a gun – or getting clearance to a military installation. On the other hand, as Mr. Simon concludes, Is the price of our freedom that we will always have some percentage of madmen walking around with shotguns? Possibly. Whoever said life was simple?
Sometimes there are no easy answers. But – and this is key – neither is it appropriate to waste time and airwaves screeching for laws to penalize the law-abiding and blame inanimate objects for the actions of people who are plainly as nuts as a triple helping of fruitcake topped with extra nuts with a side of peanut brittle on top of a great big bowl of batshit crazy.