It’s been a depressing day. As most of you aware aware by now, yesterday a defective 22-year-old missed a flight to Hawaii, or got his girlfriend pregnant, or maybe just realized how retarded he looked with idiotic gaping holes in his earlobes. Said douchebag stole an rifle from an acquaintance and shot up a mall in Clackamas, Oregon.
Before taking his own life he killed two innocent people, and critically wounded a 15-year-old girl who had previously survived a serious car crash.
I spent some time with Oregonian columnist Steve Duin, then Geoff Norcross of OPBNews, this afternoon, trying—perhaps in a futile effort—trying to explain that it is the man, not the weapon, that is the source of this tragedy. I tried to explain that an AR-15 is just another rifle, one popular with target shooters and hunters alike, that fires an intermediate cartridge of far less power than most deer hunting rifles. I tried to explain that culture and mental health played a role in previous events, and probably did here as well.
Did it make any difference at all?
People tend to try to shape tragedies into something they can understand and manage.
Those who know firearms know they are merely a tool used by man, and are thankful that this man wasn’t competent with this tool. Those who understand the influence of culture know that desensitization to violence in a grotesque society may have played a role. Those who have witnessed mental illness know that a broken human being is capable of anything. And of course, those who know power look upon this an an opportunity increase their standing and influence, such as opportunist state Sen. Ginny Burdick, who is proposing a magazine ban, as if it would have made any difference at all.
Pray for those who have been hurt in Oregon, and protect us from those who would “protect us.”
Update: Duin’s column posted. Apparently I didn’t persuade him much at all.