If experience has taught me anything it is that the actual shooter cannot be held responsible for what happened.Â Obviously.Â Jared Loughner was not responsible.Â Sarah Palin was.Â Timothy McVeigh wasn’t responsible.Â Rush Limbaugh was. Â Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t responsible.Â Lyndon Johnson was – but I digress on that point.Â We can’t pass the Adam Lanza Registration Act or wargame the Cuckoobird Matrix to see which fine, upstanding Liberal Arts major is going to come down with a case of the shooties or stabbies.
What poor, disaffected youth was not hugged enough – or maybe hugged too much!Â Like Goldlilocks, we can’t find that “just right” balance.
So who is to blame? Because, by God, We Have To Do Something…Anything ™.Â Preferably before this crisis has gone to waste.Â We can discern how the media will react since it’s a rerun.
Like all good fascists, Michael Moore tried to disarm all Americans in Bowling for Columbine after another couple of pampered blue-state rejects decided to shoot up their high school.Â A shooting that would later be glamorized in the television series An American Horror Story that sought to humanize the school shooter.Â Expect the cavalcade of hypocritical Hollywood A listers to flaunt their high school diplomas too as they make a living in tv and movies where they blow through more ammo on the big screen than they do cocaine in their personal lives.
Over the years everything from goth culture, violent video games, movies, music, prozac, adderall, gangster rap and somehow rightwing radio seems to catch the blame for the thousand failures they weren’t.Â None of which are going to be blamed this time.Â With the exception of Rush Limbaugh who is responsible for everything bad that happens in the world.
Not this time though.Â The fix was in before the killer was wrongly identified.Â It was automatic assault rifles that were banned but are now flooding the schoolyards (OMG!!! The Children!) even though no one outside of a gun dealer can own an automatic weapon.Â And in the meantime, every amateur Pat Robertson will hammer the square peg of their pet cause into the bullethole of reality.
On the right and the left.Â Unashamed exhibitionists flogging themselves senseless in full view of The Children!!!(tm) everywhere to this XXX-rated grief porn until the waterworks squirt like the cathartic money shot.
None will ever ask why is it the “gun free” zones seem to be attacked so frequently or that the people who demand that you be defenseless in order to frequent their business or forced to attend their school bear no responsiblity for protecting you when you do so.
We’re just having a dialogue don’t you know?Â A dialogue that always supports infringing on the Bill of Rights in order to protect the powerful instead of meaningful reforms to bad laws that can ultimately protect future victims.Â Now that would be a revolutionary act in the age of the stupid and opportunistic.