Aurora CO theater shooting: quick thoughts
For those who haven’t heard by now, a 24-year-old gunman armed with gas canisters, a rifle, a shotgun, and a pair of handguns opened fire in an Aurora movie theater early in the am, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more.
A tragedy in what was, it turns out, a “gun free zone”, where CCW wasn’t permitted.
I mention this for a reason, because believe me, I had no desire to politicize this tragedy. Until, that is, I read the comments to news reports (and some of the “news reports” themselves) — where it became clear to me that many of our fellow citizens are not only morally reprehensible and intellectually vapid, but they hope and plan to act on both those traits and, in so doing, bring harm to the rest of us by institutionalizing their morally reprehensible vapidity and self-righteousness.
Here, let me put it plainly: If your first thought, when you hear of a tragedy like this, is that a “right winger” — most likely a Limbaugh “Dittohead” or a TEA Party-type — “must” have been the culprit, you’re an abomination, so filled with partisan hatred that you can’t even recognize how poisoned and black and corrupted your soul has become. If your first thought, when you hear of a tragedy like this, is that it “proves” that the Second Amendment is a hoary old bit of misconstrued text, and it’s time to take from people their rights to self-defense and self-protection (as one liberal cunt chided, wingnuts will react with, “y’all kint take my gun because of the Constitution!! Herp derp” — her willingness to stereotype responsible gun owners as hickish backwood fringe kooks a mark of her own grubby and hateful bigotry), you haven’t the ability to reason, and you’ve simply thrown in with the ranks of the emotional kneejerkers who routinely rob us of more and more of our liberties in order to protect us from ourselves. If your first thought, when you hear of a tragedy like this, is how can I use this tragedy politically, well, you’re most likely a “progressive” or one of their useful idiots.
Again, I’ll point out that the theater chain doesn’t allow responsible citizens who’d gone through gun training and applied for carry licenses to bring their firearms into the theater. At the same time, they clearly didn’t stop someone committed to shooting up the theater — regardless of its prohibition on firearms — from doing just that. In fact, the shooter entered through an emergency exit — another sign he ignored.
I’ve already heard the argument that the gunman’s body armor and the power of his weapon makes the CCW argument moot: one old redneck with a revolver isn’t going to stop a man armed and prepared for a spree kill.
True enough. But what about 15 law abiding citizens with revolvers or semi-autos? Or one or two citizens with substantial ammo? Could they have stopped the gunman?
Moreover, does a gunman target a place where he knows that the people there may themselves be armed?
I suspect the left and Obama, in the run-up to the small arms treaty vote (we all must surrender our Constitutional rights to unelected UN bureaucrats, for the children!), will demagogue the hell out of this tragedy, because it’s what they do. They want to take your guns away, because it is the knowledge that you have them that keeps Utopian statists up at night.
My advice? Stock up on guns and ammo. And do not let them get away with the kind of post-Columbine crackdown on the Second Amendment they’re most certainly already planning to angle for.
In fact, if some liberal shitheel who begins arguing that a spree kill in one of his promoted “gun free zones” is reason enough to take away guns from the non-spree killers, don’t even argue: just ask him if he can say with absolute certainty that this gunman didn’t in fact get his weapons from Eric Holder his own self.