October 01, 2015
I've been following the news reports of the latest school shooting. This one happened at Umpqua Community College, about 180 miles south of here, so it's a bit more of a shock than usual.
As I write this now, the reports are that it was a single shooter, 20 year old male, and the cops killed him. Everything else is hazy (fog of war) and it probably won't be until tomorrow before we really have a good idea what happened.
But there are two things that are absolutely certain.
1. Lefties will start droning about how guns are dreadfully dangerous and we need more "common sense" gun control. (Which usually means preventing the law abiding from owning guns, without having any effect whatever on whether criminals and the violently insane can get them.)
2. Righties will start talking (more correctly, IMHO) about how "gun-free zones" are dangerous and idiotic.
And everyone will talk past the real reason for the Second Amendment. (Hint: it has nothing to do with hunting or self-defense.)
UPDATE: There's only one thing that can change the above non-conversation even slightly: If it turns out the shooter had an Arab name, the right will also talk about immigration and about the dangers of Islamic extremism.
But it won't change what the left has to say, including the President -- who has scheduled a speech this evening, in which he will call for "common sense" limitations, yet again.
UPDATE: It is interesting that they haven't revealed the shooter's name yet. That could be because they're having a hard time contacting relatives (which, presumably, will be easier this evening) but it could be because he is a lone-wolf jihadi, or even a "known-wolf jihadi".
I guess we'll know tomorrow.
UPDATE: His name was Chris Harper Mercer, and he was 26.
UPDATE: Here's more on him. Looks like a lone nutcase.
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