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The Daily Disgrace

Posted on | July 21, 2012 | 30 Comments

The front-page headline in this morning’s New York Times:

GUNMAN KILLS 12 AT COLORADO THEATER;
SCORES ARE WOUNDED, REVIVING DEBATE

The headline is different in the online version of the story, but the “debate” the editors have in mind is referenced in the fifth paragraph, which declares that “once again . . . the nation was plunged into another debate about guns and violence.”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, who has waged a national campaign for stricter gun laws, offered a political challenge. “Maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it,” Mr. Bloomberg said during his weekly radio program, “because this is obviously a problem across the country.”

A separate article on page A13 carries the headline, “In Columbine’s Wake, Colorado Has Become Key Player in Gun Law Debate”:

The news of the horrifying armed assault in Aurora, Colo. — just a half-hour drive from the site of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 — has a freakish resonance in a state that has long played an unsought role in the national debate over gun laws and firearm rights.

Again, the online version of the story has a different headline, but the point is the same: The editors of the New York Times are eager to turn this crime into a debate about gun laws, and we know what side of that debate the editors of the New York Times are on, don’t we?

The New York Times wishes to “debate” gun control in the same way that teenage boys want to “debate” oral sex while they’re parked at Moonlight Lake with their dates, and the invitation to this “debate” is tendered in a remarkably similar spirit.

UPDATE: Mayor Bloomberg’s “national campaign for stricter gun laws” notwithstanding, there were nearly 500 murders and more than 1,400 shooting incidents in New York City last year.

UPDATE II: The accused gunman James Holmes is described by neighbors and teachers as quiet and studious:

In high school, Holmes won a competitive position at a rigorous science boot camp and an internship in neurobiology at the prestigious Salk Institute.
Tom Mai, who lived next door with his family for a decade, remembers James as smart, quiet, polite.

This makes us dumb loud rude guys feel better about ourselves. And isn’t feeling good about yourself really the most important thing in life?

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  • http://theothermccain.com smitty

    @rsmccain Because gun control has been such a boon to Chicago, the Left seems to think that success should be replicated, I guess.

  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Any politician who advocates gun control in any form should be immediately disqualified from public office and any publication that does so should immediately have its license suspended. Advocating such policies is a great big “Fuck You” to the Bill of Rights.

  • scarymatt

     “Maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it,” Mr. Bloomberg said…

    Possible acceptable answers:

    “Encourage states to allow more concealed carry.”

    “Encourage newspapers to stop quoting Mr. Bloomberg.”

    Unacceptable:

    “He didn’t shoot those people by himself.”

    “Probably all hopped up on super-sized sugary drinks at the movie theater.”

  • Lemuel Vargas

    And crimes of this magnitude happens only rarely so whatever Mayor Bloomberg and the rest of those gun control advocates say does not apply.

  • Beto_Ochoa

    Seems like the problem is cities like New York and Chicago and not the right to defend ourselves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJGP4QXZ5PRW2MFA5E25CV2WNU rosalie

    I wonder how many lives would have been saved if someone in the theater had a gun?  I saw two videos on the Internet this past week where robberies were stopped because someone was carrying a gun.  Bloomberg and the loony left would rather we be unarmed and defenseless so that the only ones who have guns will be the criminals. 

  • MAR1217

    You forgot  “funny”  dumb , loud , rude guys.” ;^)

     I feel safe in thinking you will not come into a movie theatre with an automatic weapon now.

  • Garym

    Just one person with a gun shooting back could have made all the difference in helping people to escape.

  • Garym

    We should start advocating for truth in reporting, otherwise they lose thier 1st amendment rights. You know, just to be fair.

  • sheryl

     Oh that’s a good one!!! “He didn’t shoot those people by himself”…government helped him, somehow, they paved the way.

  • Mortimer Snerd

     “isn’t feeling good about yourself really the most important thing in life?”

    Uh, yup, yup!  That’s purty important. alright!  I think that’s what they call sulfur steam, or sumpin like that.

  • JeffS

    Why is Colorado a key player in the gun law debate?  Setting aside the blatant emotional manipulation by the New York Times, I mean.  Michael The Moor probably shed a few tears over that one.

    Why should there be a “freakish resonance” in Colorado from this tragedy when more people are murdered in New York City on an annual basis?  Does this mean that the murder rate in New York (and other large cities) has a “non-freakish resonance” with the residents?

    The attempt to start a debate on this topic is a two edged sword, if you will pardon my metaphor.  And poetic license is for romance novels and political speeches.  Journalists should avoid it assiduously. 

  • DaveO

    I’m wondering why Bloomberg is out of jail. He ran his own “Fast & Furious” operations outside of NYC and the state of NY.

    I would like to see the bank receipts on how much he paid to stay out of lockup.

  • Dandapani

    It’s a shame Colorado’s Concealed Carry laws unarm licensed permit holders at movie theaters, otherwise, this might have turned out differently.

  • PaulLemmen

    I wouldn’t get within 100 miles of Chicago without full body armor, Kevlar and as many weapons and ammo as I could carry …

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3WF2ZV2NYXMNXZEY3SXMA3T6KI Lefty

    Well, I’m thinking the government did, since it allowed the theater to be declared a “gun free zone”  aka “target rich environment.”

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    If it turns out that he had severe mental problems, then, yes, the gummit and the ACLU can be blamed for closing down the mental institutions in the 1970′s and making it a lot harder to involuntarily commit someone.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Exactly – he could have drawn fire.

    I heard a report on Fox yesterday that one of the patrons was licensed to carry, but theater rules made him lock his gun in his trunk – I believe it was one of the Navy guys.  Haven’t read anymore on the story.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    I would feel much safer walking through the most dangerous neighborhood in Denver than any place in New York City.

  • scarymatt

    Is that a law or a condition imposed by the private property owner (i.e., theater).

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Bingo!

  • Robin Roberts

     Colorado’s law does not prohibit carry in movie theaters.   It was a policy of the theater itself not of state law.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Some states restrict CC in churches or bars but generally Victim Disarmament Zones are created by the owners. They should be required to post warnings.

  • Dandapani

    Well it depends on the law.  In Ohio a NO CARRY sign by a business carries force of law and if you carry past the sign, you are armed trespass, a felony. Here in FL private signs do not carry force of law. I carry all the time past the sign (little bitty decal on the door of the movie theater) and think nothing of it.  It all depends on the laws.

  • Adobe_Walls

    The obvious solution is a national constitutional carry law.

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  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane_Eichenauer
  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane_Eichenauer

    I would rather assume that the elite avoid charging other elite or arresting them.  

  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane_Eichenauer

    With the BATFE in charge of enforcement?  No thanks.

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