America’s favorite champagne socialist’s penned a post-Sandy Hook polemic for huffingtonpost.com. Michael Moore starts by bashing the “deranged, delusional National Rifle Association.” No surprise there. But wait, this is a surprise. The left-wing documentarist director of Bowling for Columbine has a brand new bag: “These gun massacres aren’t going to end any time soon.” Even more startling, Moore drops the other shoe: “And here’s the dirty little fact none of us liberals want to discuss: The killer only ceased his slaughter when he saw that cops were swarming onto the school grounds — i.e, the men with the guns. When he saw the guns a-coming, he stopped the bloodshed and killed himself. Guns on police officers prevented another 20 or 40 or 100 deaths from happening. Guns sometimes work.” Talk about winged swine! MM [now] reckons spree killing is a cultural issue . . .
I’m not saying it’s perfect anywhere else, but I have noticed, in my travels, that other civilized countries see a national benefit to taking care of each other. Free medical care, free or low-cost college, mental health help. And I wonder — why can’t we do that? I think it’s because in many other countries people see each other not as separate and alone but rather together, on the path of life, with each person existing as an integral part of the whole. And you help them when they’re in need, not punish them because they’ve had some misfortune or bad break. I have to believe one of the reasons gun murders in other countries are so rare is because there’s less of the lone wolf mentality amongst their citizens. Most are raised with a sense of connection, if not outright solidarity. And that makes it harder to kill one another.
Moore’s analysis ignores spree killings in Europe, of which there’ve been plenty; last year, Anders Breivik slaughtered 50 children in Norway. And Moore feels obliged to end his editorial with a slam at assault weapons:
Don’t forget to say hi to your conservative brother-in-law for me. Even he will tell you that, if you can’t nail a deer in three shots — and claim you need a clip of 30 rounds — you’re not a hunter my friend, and you have no business owning a gun.
Have a wonderful Christmas or a beautiful December 25th!
If Michael Moore’s backed-off from gun control as the answer to spree killing, perhaps there’s hope that the left aren’t marching in lockstep towards an assault weapons and magazine capacity ban. Chinks in the armor, as it were.
If so, that’s a welcome Christmas gift.