The blood of the victims is not even dry yet, but the venom is dripping in full force. And I am not even talking about a misplaced, but, at least, not-quite-in-bad-taste remarks by Dana Perino in representing the President's position. That's mild stuff!
Consider Larry Pratt:
"It is irresponsibly dangerous to tell citizens that they may not have guns at schools," said Larry Pratt, director of Gun Owners of America.Jacob Sullum has expressed similar sentiments.
How about Michelle Malkin?
Is it too early to ask: "What if?" What if that bill had passed? What if just one student in one of those classrooms had been in lawful possession of a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense?Or John Derbyshire?
Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn't anyone rush the guy? It's not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness' sake—one of them reportedly a .22.
Commenting on Derbyshire's observation, Nathanael Blake also observed,At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him. Handguns aren't very accurate, even at close range. I shoot mine all the time at the range, and I still can't hit squat. I doubt this guy was any better than I am. And even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damage—your chances aren't bad.
College classrooms have scads of young men who are at their physical peak, and none of them seems to have done anything beyond ducking, running, and holding doors shut. Meanwhile, an old man hurled his body at the shooter to save others.One can only hope that Derbyshire and Blake find themselves in such a position one day, so that they can show the rest of us how manly they really are. As for Pratt's, Sullum's and Malkin's queries, I suggest just two words--collateral damage.
Something is clearly wrong with the men in our culture. Among the first rules of manliness are fighting bad guys and protecting others: in a word, courage. And not a one of the healthy young fellows in the classrooms seems to have done that.
Then, there is Answers in Genesis's Ken Ham.
Naturalism (in essence, atheism) has become the religion of the day and has become the foundation of the education system (and Western culture as a whole). The more such a philosophy permeates the culture, the more we would expect to see a sense of purposelessness and hopelessness that pervades people’s thinking. In fact, the more a culture allows the killing of the unborn, the more we will see people treating life in general as “cheap.”Yes, naturalism and belief in evolution are the driving force behind such events. I guess, Ham added the second paragraph to avoid being unfavorably compared to Ward Churchill and his "Little Eichmans".
I’m not at all saying that the person who committed these murders at Virginia Tech was driven by a belief in millions of years or evolution. I don’t know why this person did what he did, except the obvious: that it was a result of sin. However, when we see such death and violence, it is a reminder to us that without God’s Word (and the literal history in Genesis 1–11), people will not understand why such things happen.
Another great find is a self-proclaimed "school shooting expert" Jack Tompson, playing the role on Fox News. Thompson blames everything on video games. "In order to pull this off, with this high a body count, Bill, one has to have rehearsed it to get ready to do it," he said. An idiot Fox anchor plays foil by suggesting, "[Students] described the gunman as chaining the doors behind him...--that sounds like premeditation, does it not?" Then he finishes off the interview, "Jack Thompson, ... he's an attorney and a specialist... Unfortunately, we can use that word in school shootings in America today..."
In case you're wondering, Thompson is the ambulance chaser who specializes in suing schools where such events occur.
The worst, by far, however, is Debbie Schlussel. Not content waiting for information to trickle in, she came up with an advance theory.
Of course, one must also blame the pro-Muslim bias of the liberal media.
* The murderer has been identified by law enforcement and media reports as "a young Asian male."
* Pakis are considered "Asian."
So who is the shooter? What is the shooter's nationality? What is the shooter's religion? Waiting to find out. And wondering why the police and media are referring to the shooter as "Asian" and not by specific nationality.I wish I was making this up! Schlussel goes through multiple updates
Why am I speculating that the "Asian" gunman is a Pakistani Muslim? Because law enforcement and the media strangely won't tell us more specifically who the gunman is. Why?
Even if it does not turn out that the shooter is Muslim, this is a demonstration to Muslim jihadists all over that it is extremely easy to shoot and kill multiple American college students.
The shooter has now been identified as a Chinese national here on a student visa. Lovely. Yet another reason to stop letting in so many foreign students.The headline still says "S.KOREAN w/Student Visa".
The shooter has now been identified as a South Korean national, who is a permanent resident.
But Schlussel is not done. When a reader points out that "Paki" is a slur, she goes ballistic.
YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM IS FLAWED. EITHER TERM IS CORRECT. WHAT IS THIS--THE IMUS THOUGHT POLICE?When another reader tried to play her game, she got worse.
UH, ACTUALLY IT ISN'T A RACIAL SLUR. AND WHERE WERE YOU WHEN DICK CHENEY AND NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR FRAN TOWNSEND CALLED THEM PAKIS? SORRY, BUT WE HAVE NO USE FOR THE IMUS THOUGHT POLICE HERE. GO TO OPRAH'S SITE AND HAVE FUN THERE.
Ms. Schussel, you are a empty-souled, vampiric monster.I APPRECIATE THE RESPECTFUL "MS." WITH THE INSULTS. MAKES IT SO MUCH MORE CIVILIZED. FYI, BLOOD IS NOT KOSHER, SO IT IS AGAINST MY RELIGION TO BECOME A VAMPIRE. SORRY TO DISAPPOINT. AS FOR YOUR SPITTING, CONGRATS! YOU ARE IN AN EXCLUSIVE AND DISTINGUISHED CLUB OF SPITTERS, LIKE THE REV. JESSE "I SPIT IN WHITE PEOPLE'S SALADS" JACKSON. YOU MAY NOW RETURN TO YOUR KOOL-AID. I HEAR YOU ENJOY THE PURPLE VARIETY.
Hmmm . . . I'm sure of all the thousands of students at the memorial mourning the dead at Virginia Tech's convocation, today, the Washington Post took this and chose this particular one at random for its cover shot at its website, WashingtonPost.com. Just a random photo, right? I mean, I'm sure this objective mainstream media outlet would nevah evah have an agenda . . . .
What's the Post's offense? Just having a few Muslim women at the front of the photo. It's interesting that Schlussel does not believe in randomness of the photo after pointing out for two days that there are a lot of Muslims on the Virginia Tech campus. She also eventually mimicked Malkin by posting about the bill to prohibit universities from becoming gun-free zones. There are at least three other posts where she suggests that the shooter was either a Muslim terrorist or trained by Muslim terrorists, because he did such a "professional job".
H/t on some links to ScienceBlog and Steve Benen.