Monday, April 23, 2007

The Occasional Sanity of Rush Limbaugh

We all know what happened one week ago, and we all know it was a tragic event. I personally know the tragedy was the ability of a man found by the courts as mentally ill to legally purchase a firearm (come to find, as I'm writing, that this is being resolved as we speak). John Derbyshire himself knows the real tragedy is that the unarmed victims didnt get up and bum-rush a man with two firearms. Over at the downright silly Conservapedia, they know the shame is that if only the he had accepted Christ's love then this never would have happened (on account of nobody ever dying in Christ's name, I am left to infer). Jack Thompson knows as well as Dr. Phil that its a shame that video games forced an innocent child to go out and murder people against his will (games which, evidently, he never actually played). And it is on this note that I'm almost happy to quote Rush Limbaugh speaking what seems to be sense:

Not every video gamer goes out and murders 33 people on the college campus though. There’s more to this than that… it may desensitize people, but it doesn’t turn everybody into mass murderers…
People have a tough time accepting a relatively simple explanation for something of this scale. But how many people are playing video games out there? How many millions of people play video games, and how many millions of people have guns?
If you start blaming the video games, you may as well demand video game control because it’s the same thing when you start trying to blame guns for this. You have here a sick individual, an evil individual who committed a random act. But if you want to start blaming the video games, this guy was this or that, weeeeell, then you’ve gotta maybe talk about banning them because that’s the same tack that’s taken with guns.

I hate to admit that I agree with Limbaugh on Game/Gun Control to an extent (still think a sort of mandatory licensing process should be necessary for everyone) but his point is valid. You may as well blame T-shirts and Fruit Loops, since at some point most of recent history's killers must have worn/eaten at least one. Why not blame the country itself for letting something like this happen, if thats the sort of regressive self-destructive self-hatred we're indulging in (as though the killing itself had nothing a tall to do with Cho's own self-destructive self-hatred).

Still, the point remains that its remarkable to find myself agreeing with Limbaugh here... frightening actually... damn, will I now have to consider him capable of making a clear, nuanced argument? Um... quickly, Rush, can you please say something that makes you seem like a fear-mongering reactionary?

If this Virginia Tech shooter had an ideology, what do you think it was? This guy had to be a liberal. You start railing against the rich and all this other -- this guy's a liberal. He was turned into a liberal somewhere along the line. So it's a liberal that committed this act. Now, the drive-bys will read on a website that I'm attacking liberalism by comparing this guy to them. That's exactly what they do every day, ladies and gentlemen. I'm just pointing out a fact.

Ahh... the soothing sense of realization that Rush is full of his own excretia... its a good thing.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007