On April 16, 2007, some dude murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech. As an aside, I call him “some dude” because his name does not bear remembering. Now that proper time has been given to mourn and grieve, I wanted to go back to a post at Nashville is Talking that drew my ire.
Admittedly, on that day, I was not looking at NiT, but was trying to work. However, when I came home early to be with my wife, I happened to look at this NiT post in which the comments were already in flagrante. I commented on that post because I was frankly surprised that there was such a lack of respect for the dead simply because of distance and supposed disconnection with the event.
The replies to me indicated that there was no internal control in some people and they would only respect the authority of the owner of the blog (Brittney). This was odd, since these are such staunch advocates of individual freedom who were, in my opinion, not demonstrating the requisite self-government necessary to possess such freedoms.
Individual freedom in the absence of self-government is not a republic, it is anarchy. I respect these folks that stand for individual freedom. However, when there is no internal control over their own freedom but only a bristling exertion of self, it makes me wonder whether they are advocates for liberty or just self.
So, now to what I really wanted to talk about. I made the comment that “There will be plenty of time for not fixing the problem later.” That comment actually had nothing to do with guns per se.* It was a general comment to the fact that bloggers like to fixate on the news du jour and never actually do anything about what they write about. Bloggers are the biggest bunch of myopic popguns there ever were** who sit and wait to jump on their pet issue(s) and then rant about them and comment war over them until the aggregate blood pressure of the whole community is beyond the ability of Lasix to control.
I say we all take a chill pill and relax. After all, the only two items necessary to sustain life are coconut milk and sunshine.
*I couldn’t care less about guns or gun laws. Criminals who are determined will always find a way around any gun law out there. The problem is never at the point in time when the gun is used in crime, the problem always occurs well before that, whether it is poverty, mental illness, drugs, etc. Make all the laws you want and blather about them all you want, they won’t make a difference.