Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Post Mortem

A little housekeeping item: Starting this week, I'll be writing four pieces a week for the Daily Banter. It'll mean that I'm busy as hell, but at least there'll be plenty of material to keep everybody satisfied. My stuff will appear Tuesday through Friday most weeks, with the usual mail bag also popping up on Friday. Some of the material will continue to be cross-posted at the Huffington Post.

Today's column deals with the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the inevitable reaction to it.

Here's the opening shot:

"The most important thing to keep in mind is that nothing’s going to change. You may as well accept that right now.

Since last week’s midnight movie shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado — the one that cost a dozen people their lives and left more than 70 others hurt — everything has moved along according to a well-established routine. We know how this works because we’ve seen it unfold far too many times before — and it now seems to do so with almost surreal and disconcerting precision. The press descends, the details trickle out, the obvious yet nearly unanswerable questions are asked, the politicization begins, the gun control debate reignites, the usual suspects step up to offer the insane fantasy of a roomful of guns somehow allowing a bold hero or two to stop the violent actions of one gunman, the lack of faith in Jesus is offered as an authentic rationale for why there was ever a gunman in the first place, pop culture is blamed — all of this is part of the machinery that ramps up every time something like this happens. And it happens far too often..."

Read the Rest Here


J. Dack said...

You didn't flat out say this, but it sounded like you're talking about bans on the sale of things like AR-15's and "assault" type weapons?

If I'm wrong on that then ignore the rest of this.

That's the part of this debate that makes me furrow my brow and be unable to pick a side. The VA Tech killer shot more than 30 people using only a .22 and a 9mm.

I'm just not sure banning assault rifles would make much difference.

I also don't know how they're supposed to verify that someone is crazy when said crazy tries to buy a gun.

JohnF said...

"Some of the material will continue to be cross-posted at the Huffington Post, where they will call me a Nazi and a FOX News plant."

There I fixed it.

Chez said...

It's funny how I didn't even bother to put up some of the hilarious comments to the Daniel Tosh piece. There were just so many of them I didn't know where to begin.

Marc McKenzie said...

Great piece, Chez. It is blunt, but...goddamnit, you're right. Things are following the same pattern, and I wonder if they'll ever change.

Even though I was trained how to handle and shoot guns (by an FBI agent, no less), I don't own one. But while I would never deny the right of a sensible person to own a firearm, we do need some form of sensible gun control.

Sadly, I wonder how many more lives will have to be lost before people come to their senses. I'm afraid a lot more innocent blood will have to be spilled before anything happens.

Tom said...

Does anyone else notice the more than passing resemblance between the killer and Craig Bierko?

AnonCollie said...

"You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!"

The joker may have been a murdering psychopath, but our plans are horrifying. And they're getting worse all the time as our communal sanity, discourse and abilities to merely live next to another person continues to deteriorate.

CNNfan said...

No comment on the shooting in Colorado
simply out of respect and to show

These comments are made solely in general
against gun control.

It could have been everyone firing on one
criminal immediately after he took the
first shot, if everyone there was a licensed marksman.

Then the news would be like:

Assassin shot 456 times in a botched attempt.
No one else was hurt.

Unfortunately gun control is self
defense control, so instead the
news will be like...

Assassin gets eighty counts of life in prison
... Oh, and for the gun charge, one more
year was added to the sentence.

FabMax said...

@CNNFan: A firefight in a crowded theater fogged by tear gas? What could possibly go wrong?

@J.Dack: Assault rifles are more powerful than handguns. Better bullet penetration means more victims. Also, these guns can be modified to be fully automatic.

CNNfan said...

@Anonymous FabMax,

Simply, no comment on the Colorado shooting.

You sound like people who educated themselves
about guns by watching action flics.

Anonymous said...

Just out 7/28 ... Dane Cook has made a joke about the shooting during his comedy skit.

Can't wait to see how you rationalize this one ... "you go to a comedy house - you better expect some jokes" right?

So, where do you draw the line? or is nothing sacred anymore?

You know, kids being raped, adults being raped, people being murdered, having breast cancer ... if one is okay to joke about, shouldn't they all be? until it affects one of your loved ones - huh?

Chez said...

You done with the sanctimony? Dane Cook's a hack comic. Doesn't matter, though -- I'll defend his right to make a bad joke.