For starters – my thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of last night’s outbreak of senseless, cowardly violence.
Not that I have a lot to offer in re this story, but here are some observations:
- As many people died in that theatre as died in the previous week and half in “gun-free” Chicago. And the week and half before that. And the week and half before that. So far this year, they’ve been almost 300 firearms homicides in Chicago, and many many hundreds maimed. And there is no end in sight.
- I say that for the benefit of the liberal orcs who are already coming out of the woodwork demanding big changes to American gun laws.
- Notwithstanding the occasional headline-grabbing spree killing, violent crime has been dropping steadily in the US, even as (or, I believe, because) the number of Americans owning guns has skyrocketed in the past decade. 43 states have either shall-issue permitting laws – which have been shown, all other things being equal, to reduce violent crime – and about half the states have some variety of “Stand your Ground” laws, all of them successful outside the media’s rarified sampling of high-profile politicized cases (like the Zimmerman case). No state has even considered repeating a shall-issue law in the nearly thirty years that the laws have been on the ascendant.
- One of the arguments is “what if someone with a carry permit brought their piece to the theatre?” On the one hand, liberals – expressing the deep intellectual rigor for which the liberal anti-gun argument is so famous – respond “Oh, yeah, just what they needed – a bunch of wannabe Dirty Harries”. To which the conservatives respond “Yeah, good thing nobody in the theatre fought back. It might have gotten dangerous!“
So pray first for the victims, their families and friends, the doctors who are treating them, and the people of Aurora.
And then, when all that’s done, pray for the liberal hamsters who come out calling for more moronic gun control laws.
Pray they get God’s mercy, because rhetorically speaking, I will show them none.