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Making Hay While The Sun Shines
Powerline Blog ^ | May 25, 2014 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 05/26/2014 2:31:40 AM PDT by joma89

You have to hand it to the liberals: they never miss an opportunity to convert tragedy into political gain. In the wake of Elliot Rodger’s six murders–three with a knife and three with a gun, plus injuries inflicted with an automobile–they are calling, once again, for gun confiscation. I guess they are, anyway. As usual, they denounce conservatives and say things like “end the madness,” but confiscation seems to be the point of it all.

Once again, though, liberals are denied the holy grail of mass murderers–a conservative perpetrator, preferably a follower of the Tea Party. Rodger, like most of the others, was a devoted liberal. He followed the Young Turks on YouTube, a far-left group led by a goof named Cenk Uygur who once was an MSNBC host. So, foiled once again, liberals can make only their broader propaganda points.

Michael Moore deserves to be singled out for special condemnation. On Facebook, he purported to respond to requests for comment:

We are a people easily manipulated by fear which causes us to arm ourselves with a quarter BILLION guns in our homes that are often easily accessible to young people, burglars, the mentally ill and anyone who momentarily snaps.

So was Rodger was manipulated by a fear of conservative ascendancy propagated by the Young Turks? Apparently so.

While other countries have more violent pasts (Germany, Japan), more guns per capita in their homes (Canada [mostly hunting guns]), and the kids in most other countries watch the same violent movies and play the same violent video games that our kids play, no one even comes close to killing as many of its own citizens on a daily basis as we do — and yet we don’t seem to want to ask ourselves this simple question: “Why us? What is it about US?”

Heh. Moore hasn’t checked the numbers. There are many places with murder rates higher than ours. Pretty much all of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, Russia, and others. Actually, the white murder rate in the U.S. is comparable to other Western countries.

Nearly all of our mass shootings are by angry or disturbed white males. None of them are committed by the majority gender, women. Hmmm, why is that?

I think testosterone has something to do with it. But wait! Elliot Rodger’s mother is Indonesian. Doesn’t that count for something? Apparently not, when liberal memes are at stake.

Actually, mass shootings are pretty equally distributed among ethnic groups. The worst mass shooter in American history was an Asian-American, Seung-Hui Cho, and an African-American, John Muhammad, murdered at least ten people in the D.C. area. And, of course, the overall homicide rate among African-Americans is something like eight times the white rate.

When the NRA says, “Guns don’t kill people — people kill people,” they’ve got it half-right. Except I would amend it to this: “Guns don’t kill people — Americans kill people.”

Murder occurs in every society, but at widely varying rates. Switzerland and Canada have high rates of gun ownership, but low homicide rates. White Americans own lots of guns but commit murders at a similarly low rate. While it is true that “Americans kill people,” some categories of Americans kill a lot more people than others–a fact which liberals understandably try to obscure.

This, however, has little to do with mass murders or serial killers. Mass murderers, while very rare, are found everywhere; to cite just one recent example, the train station attack in China in which 29 people were murdered. With knives. And one of the worst school massacres ever took place in Scotland.

As usual, the Left’s effort to gain political advantage from a murderous rampage by one of its own goes nowhere.

Beyond that, some might argue that Rodger was a prototypical liberal male, only carried to a pathological extreme. Consider the profile: socially awkward, convinced of his own brilliance but not notably successful in life, hungry for revenge against those who have done better despite their obvious inferiority, eager to gain power over others, but through political influence rather than firearms–is this not a typical liberal on Twitter, or elsewhere on the internet? Or, for that matter, in the Obama administration? Isn’t state power the legal path to the long-awaited revenge of the liberal nerds? This strikes me as a plausible suggestion.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: crime; gun; liberal
Thought I would post this commentary. The liberal is truly the boy who cried wolf.
1 posted on 05/26/2014 2:31:40 AM PDT by joma89
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To: joma89
Maybe we need to BAN Violet video games.
Oh No that makes too much sense.
This is one that really can be blamed on video games as dad is responsible for making some of them.
Notice how the LSM is talking about that. . . . . I don't see it either.. . . . .
2 posted on 05/26/2014 2:50:07 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Memorial Day. Thank you VETS. Some gave all - All gave some.)
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To: joma89

~~~You have to hand it to the liberals: they never miss an opportunity to convert tragedy into political gain.~~~

Yes, and only conservatives see the obvious disconnect between reality and where they want their political blame.

They are simply unbelievable and wildly irrational. Too bad one of the first victims wasn’t CCW and had taken that kid out while he was committing the first crimes with a KNIFE.


3 posted on 05/26/2014 3:11:19 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: joma89

Every word of the free speech of these agenda-driven, narcissistic, totalitarians needs to be examined…and their shooters, too.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 3:28:44 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: joma89

I haven’t been able to follow this closely so forgive the question if it’s been posted.
Where did he get the gun?
Ok, another
Didn’t the gov. fail him by not following up on his practically telling everyone what his plans were?


5 posted on 05/26/2014 3:52:33 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

Disregard question 1. Just heard he purchased them legally.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 4:05:49 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: DeaconRed

Why don’t we just ban liberals? Problem solved. :)


7 posted on 05/26/2014 5:14:47 AM PDT by defconw (Well now what?)
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To: joma89

Just remember, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.


8 posted on 05/26/2014 5:32:37 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: joma89

Evan Sayet does a great job of explaining the thought process that leads to this kind of psychotic behavior. He calls it the moral imperative of indiscriminateness.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 5:47:54 AM PDT by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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Liberals are a lot like Nazis. The anger. The need to control everyone. And the absolute desire to violently oppress any who disagree with them.


10 posted on 05/26/2014 5:56:21 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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Per his narci-festo, Elliot Rodger would be British-Asian, not American. He was born in England to an ethnically-Chinese immigrant mother and an English father, then brought by them to America and raised here by nannies and his foreign parents, in the most vapid parts of Southern California.

Was he naturalized as a US citizen? When?


11 posted on 05/26/2014 6:33:04 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: DeaconRed

Just ban left wingers, and be done with it.


12 posted on 05/26/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT by jstaff
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To: infool7
Evan Sayet...

bump

13 posted on 05/26/2014 8:15:42 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: DeaconRed

“Maybe we need to BAN Violet video games.”
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Fine with me but what color do you suggest?


14 posted on 05/27/2014 7:02:11 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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