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Friday, April 20, 2007

Bulletproof neocons
John Derbyshire has rightfully been kicked around the blogosphere this week for this asinine post questioning the bravery of the students of Virginia Tech for not jumping a guy with two handguns.

At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him. Handguns aren't very accurate, even at close range. I shoot mine all the time at the range, and I still can't hit squat. I doubt this guy was any better than I am. And even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damage—your chances aren't bad.

Tell that to Robert Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Jim Brady -- all of whom were shot with a .22. Kennedy and Brady were both hit in the head, which I suppose in Derbyshire's case would not be considered a vital region.
In an additional post Thursday, Derbyshire ventures the brave and controversial opinion that the VirginaTech shooter was "crazy as a coot" but then tries to argue that the political correctness mafia insists that we not use such terms and that we no longer lock people away for being crazy:
Hold on, though. We no longer (a) acknowledge the category "crazy as a
coot," or (b) lock crazy people up in secure institutions.
Cho (a) had ISSUES, and (b) ought to have been given COUNSELING.
That's better.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it St. Ronald of Reagan that emptied out the mental hospitals in the 80's and started the problem of homeless nuts? And Derbvshire should be careful about pointing fingers in terms of who has issues and needs counselling.


Gazetteer said...

First - these folks would drag out never existent corpse of St. Ronnie's Cadillac drivin' Welfare Queen if they could and splash her mummified image all over their front pages for a week or ten if they could.


Sorry you can't make it to the blogopalooza tomorrow rev - hopefully, there will be some film at 11.


jj said...

LMAO! I can't believe how fast these tools (Derb, Steyn, Shaidle) started blaming the victims for "not being tough enough". Like any of them in the same situation would do anything other than piss and shit themselves uncontrollably.

"....even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damage..." Yeah, and it would be really hard to "find something important" in a close-range situation like, um -- a classroom? And I like how he assumes that just because he's a bad shot, everybody must be. "Handguns aren't very accurate" -- funny, I could always hit a target with my beretta.

What an idiot!