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?