I seem to have a severe reading comprehension problem. I frequently have trouble fathoming what passes for reason in the minds of many co-called mainstream media commentators. OK, I know Mike Lupica’s a loud-mouthed, wildly gesticulating lefty from New York. I get that and fully understand his viewpoint. Bud, damn, it really takes a twisted world view, not to mention incredible obtuseness, to say something of such monumental idiocy about the Norway massacre…
And Lupica is more than up to the task at hand:
We were reminded again that a gun in the hands of a true believer like Breivik is still the greatest weapon of mass destruction of them all. We are conditioned now to think of terrorism as planes flying into our buildings, or explosions in the London subway, or a stupid little amateur trying to blow up a car in Times Square. All it still takes is one guy with a gun.
Gosh, Mike, the families of the more than three thousand people who died on 9/11 might argue that point. I’m probably just having a senior moment, but I don’t recall anyone using a gun at all that day.
Let’s also not ask the decendents of the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’m not saying those attacks weren’t warranted. They certainly were and they probably saved hundreds of thousands of American troops’ lives. But those WMDs did a pretty fair job, mass-destruction wise.
And I suppose Lupica thinks the Iranians are continuing to process uranium because they want to reduce their carbon footprint.
But show the proper respect, please. Lupica’s proclamation is no mean feat. You have to really apply yourself to crank out something on such a Goreian level of stupidity. True, this probably won’t achieve the fame of Al Gore’s pronouncement that “the internal combustion engine is a mortal threat . . . more deadly than that of any military enemy.” But let’s give Mike an E for effort, shall we?
Not satisfied, Lupica went on to admiringly quote Vidar Eldholm, the cultural director at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in New York.
“In New York and now in Norway,” Vidar Eldholm was saying yesterday, “there is no way to protect yourself against such things.”
Except when there is. Anders Breivik was one armed man in a gun-free, target-rich environment. He was left to do his worst for sixty minutes. Had even one of the adults on that island been armed, scores of people might have been saved.
But that would have required another true believer. Someone who believes in the right of individuals to have the means to protect themselves when their lives are threatened. And that’s apparently too frightening for Lupica to contemplate.