Well, I really do hate being right. See previous post.
So MANY links to illustrate my previous thoughts, I am not even going to bother. Drudge has likely lost his mind trying to create headlines that skew the debate away from the facts in order to support the conservative agenda. (the most absurd noting the shooter may have been a registered Democrat. Matt – you are an idiot)
However, it has led to an amazing piece at the New York Times from Roger Ebert.
Read the WHOLE thing – but this part sums up my earlier thoughts as well:
“Should this young man — whose nature was apparently so obvious to his mother that, when a ABC News reporter called, she said “You have the right person” — have been able to buy guns, ammunition and explosives? The gun lobby will say yes. And the endless gun control debate will begin again, and the lobbyists of the National Rifle Association will go to work, and the op-ed thinkers will have their usual thoughts, and the right wing will issue alarms, and nothing will change. And there will be another mass murder.”
And then Ebert hits a home run:
“That James Holmes is insane, few may doubt. Our gun laws are also insane, but many refuse to make the connection. The United States is one of few developed nations that accepts the notion of firearms in public hands. In theory, the citizenry needs to defend itself. Not a single person at the Aurora, Colo., theater shot back, but the theory will still be defended.”
I only wish I could write like Roger.
Ebert also notes the recent shooting in Toronto’s Eaton Centre, and how one young lady who just died in Denver had narrowly escaped being caught up in that incident.
What he did not note is the impact the NRA has had in Canada and how the current Conservative Government has repealed a piece of that country’s more recent and effective gun laws against advice from law enforcement. They did it because of their conservative ideology.
Skewed ideology that impacts us all.