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Opening Arguments

No surprises here

Pop quiz. The shootings at that Colorado theater were the responsibility of:

A. The Second Amendment

B. Hollywood

C. Rush Limbaugh

D. The Tea Party

If you're wondering where "E. A lone deranged gunman" is, what are you, some kind of individual responsibility nut?

UPDATE: "Half-assed Media Speculation About the Batman Shooter"

Undeterred by how wrong they got the Columbine shootings 13 years ago, or how disgustingly politicized they turned Jared Loughner's 2011 rampage, the humans who work for and talk with journalistic outlets are again rushing to speculative judgment about Jim Holmes, the suspected Batman murderer in Aurora, Colorado. Some examples:

Posted in: Current events


tim zank
Fri, 07/20/2012 - 11:09am

They (lefties) didn't waste any time for sure...Brian Ross at ABC told Stephy this morning on GMA they'd found him on Facebook and he was a Tea Party Member..which they will have to walk back of course, as it was a different guy. They completed their mission though, they floated the "Tea Party Is Dangerous" message right on cue...



Harl Delos
Fri, 07/20/2012 - 12:38pm

Another big question:

If you ran the studio behind this movie, what do you do?

A lookalike shooting is fairly likely.  It'll clobber the studio's stock if it happens. 

And you don't want more shootings even if it didn't affect stock price.  But this movie was expected to be a blockbuster - they were scalping tickets for the premiere for hundreds of dollars.  Withdraw the movie from the market, and stockholders will sue,


Rebecca Mallory
Fri, 07/20/2012 - 12:49pm

Mr Morris, I would add another possible answer: George Bush.  It's always Bush's fault.

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 4:22pm

I take your point that, of course, it's the gunman's fault. But without the Second Amendment, guns could have been outlawed a century ago, as in Japan. This would be highly unlikely in Japan.

I'm not for a minute suggesting we blame the Second Amendment, I'm just pointing out that your hypothetical question has a logical flaw.

Harl Delos
Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:10pm

Columbine, Nickel Mines, Oklahoma City, the beltway sniper, the state fair bleachers, the space shuttle - all these atrocities are caused by Daylight Savings Time.  Losing an hour of sleep drives everybody batty and by the time we get fully adjusted to DST, they give us the hour back, and really screw us up.

Gun control is a red herring.  I don't care how many people shoot their televisions, the networks refuse to bring back Ernie Kovacs.  Just ask Elvis.  He shot plenty of TVs.

Maybe if we hired Paul Helmke to run the campaign, we could end "fast time", and then we would be free to bring back Diet Rite cola with calcium cyclamate to replace the red sweetener, the blue sweetener, and the yellow sweetener.

Christopher Swing
Sat, 07/21/2012 - 8:52pm

You forgot the American Family Association blaming churches accepting gay people.


Harl Delos
Mon, 07/23/2012 - 1:33pm

Not forgotten, Chris; just trying to keep length under control.

People are looking for a motive, but it looks like paranoid schizophrenia to me.  It often emerges among men in their 20s, if they are under a lot of stress - such as a straight A student flunking out of a doctoral program - and they haven't a close, supportive family.  The gun control crowd sees what they want to see, but if you remove guns from the formula, there are still those clever bombs to consider.

In fact, relying on a rifle that jammed may have reduced the damage he inflicted.  And gun control laws aren't going to keep guns out of the hands of brilliant students.  Maybe we ought to worry more about the Jerry Sanduskies among us than the James Holmeses.


Christopher Swing
Tue, 07/24/2012 - 5:14pm

I'm not sure if you think I was addressing you or not, Harl. I was addressing Leo's omission.