The governor of Virginia handed a verbal slapdown to liberals who are calling for more gun-control legislation in the wake of the massacre, saying he has nothing but contempt for people who try and politicize the death of innocents. Oddly enough, he had nothing to say about the degree of contempt he has for the people on the other side who are doing the exact same thing, and blaming the liberal nanny state for turning our kids into defenseless marshmallows. Obviously, more guns are the solution, because there is totally no way that more guns would result in more gun violence, using the super space math of the G.O.P.
Anyway, in between wanting to use my own gun to shoot some sense into these lying shitbags, I do get a few moments of amusement from the comments sections. The conspiracy-minded dullards over at Little Green Footballs, who like pretending to be tough-guy Marines almost as much as they like hating Arabs, are convinced that the fix is in: there's no way a non-Muslim could have perpetrated such a massacre, even though every other major gun-related killing spree in American history has been committed by non-Muslims. One guy piped in that the evidence just doesn't add up: the gunman, after all, was armed with a .22 and a 9mm, and neither of those guns are meant to kill! Leaving aside the obvious objection that, in fact, all guns are meant to kill -- that's what they're made for -- a lot of people would be surprised to learn that 9mm pistols are not meant to kill, including tens of thousands of police departments (9mms are the most commonly issued caliber for law enforcement, followed by .40cal), inner city gang members (who rack up a pretty impressive fatality rate using nines almost exclusively), and the United States Army, which uses the Beretta V92F 9mm as its standard-issue sidearm.
Other hilarity can be found at Hot Air, where the chair-staining macho men in comments talk about how they would surely have taken out this Korean simpleton with a well-placed slug or a timely judo chop, if only they'd been there. Further evidence of the too-much-TV syndrome can be found in the comments of dozens of posters who believe that a fat guy who took three aikido classes is a match for a man with a pistol in each hand, culminating in this bit of fun from a woman who says she's making sure this will NEVER happen to HER kids:
My Kids Take Karate....we'reabout teaching our kids to fight back...
My 2 oldest children are involved in Bushido Kai. The director is a 7th degree black belt (and the other instructors all have black belts, too)
Well then! There's certainly no chance that YOUR kids will ever be gunned down by a lunatic! Because THEY take karate! And, as has been proven again and again, the brave and capable never die. Look, folks: I'm pro-gun. I'm pro-self-defense. I'm pro-karate class, even. But you'd have to be some kind of a goddamned moron to think that martial arts classes will help you defeat armed attackers, or that your ability to fire a gun makes you invulnerable. If that were the case, no soldiers would ever be killed.
But wait! There's more!
In addition to martial arts, he teaches the kids important life skills and the importance of faith (in Christ).
Yes, whenever I think about the ancient Japanese discipline of karate, I think of how it instills in so many children the importance of faith in Christ. Kiiiiaai!