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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Blame

I was tempted to write a gun control-themed post, but instead I'll just quote Ed Brayton:

Let me tell you who is to blame for this: the guy pulling the trigger. That's it. End of discussion. One crazed psychotic who decides it's time to go postal is going to find a clock tower to shoot from and people to shoot at, and it doesn't matter how many laws we pass against it. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to visit the clue store.

3 Comments:

  • I agree, certainly the shooter is primarily and perhaps even 100% responsible. (Although I would concede people who think the gun sellers and manufacturers share some blame do have a valid argument.)

    Making handguns totally illegal could decrease events like this. On the other hand, making handguns totally illegal might increase robberies, home invasions, or even government abuses of the police power, etc.

    On the other side of the argument, even if believes more concealed or open carry could stop these types of tragedies sooner by bystanders returning fire, they should at least concede the possibility that overall handgun deaths, including accidental, may very well go up simply because there are more guns around.

    Unfortunately, a cool-headed debate about this topic often turns away from sound policy analysis that realizes political realities, legal realities, and multiple conflicting but valid philisophical views, and turns into a pro-guns v. anti-guns culture debate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:40 AM  

  • I blame Rich Hill. His obvious disregard for opponents batting averages is inhuman.

    He was just mowing guys down today...

    I blame a total lack of conscience.

    (I would have taunted you in a more appropriate post but there were none, so...

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