Tuesday, April 17, 2007


I guess I don't have anything profound to say about this horrific crime. It's been analyzed to death by the talking heads of the 24 hour news cycle, and it's already been politicized by some of the shameless whores who pass themselves off as our political elite. But there are a few points worth mentioning that come to mind:

--Gun control won't work. Phoenix sums it up pretty well:
The MSM and liberals will call for more gun control because of this. They will reconjure the images from Columbine and the clocktower of the University of Texas. They will tell you that we don't have sufficient control over guns. But the fact of the matter is this: no gun law will ever keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. Outlawing and criminalizing possession of drugs hasn't kept people from getting drugs and gun laws work the same way.

When the bad guys want to get guns, they will. Even the UK, with it's oft-cited strict gun control laws, is seeing a rise in gun crime.

--Angry parents are already calling for the resignation of the VA Tech President. Wonderful. Finger-pointing has become our new national pasttime.

--The ensuing policy debates will be driven by the news media. This is a bad thing, as the news media isn't trying to inform the public. The media's real job is to SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU. Panicky people are more likely to stay tuned. John Stossel has done a good job of explaining this concept.

--I've heard a number of talking heads blathering on about how many bullets that the "clip" on the shooters gun held. Clip? Um, no. It's not called a clip. It's called a magazine. OK, here's a quick lesson in firearms terminology for you.

This is a clip:

This is a magazine:

A magazine is the part inside the firearm that holds the ammo (unless it's a revolver, in which case it's referred to as a cylander). A clip is used to load the ammo into a magazine.

--The media powers-that-be are going to beat us over the head with this story 24/7. Until the next big story comes along.

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