Monday, June 13, 2016

All We've Got Are Hammers

... so every problem, everywhere looks like a nail.

That jumped out at me as I read the reaction to the Orlando shootings on Twitter and the blogs. Like Pavlov's dogs drooling at the sound of a bell, we all trotted out our favorite talking points and recited them by rote, nodding our heads gravely. Here's the President on our need for gun control.
Say a prayer for them and say a prayer for their families — that God give them the strength to bear the unbearable. And that He give us all the strength to be there for them, and the strength and courage to change.
Makes sense to me. An Islamic crazy murders 50 gays in Florida, so the proper response is to send the police to take all the guns out of my neighbor's house here in San Diego.

On Twitter, there were those who yelled for more respect for gays and more acceptance of their lifestyle choices. Given that we've now been told to stand down as men dressed in prom gowns stomp into women's restrooms to do God-knows-what, I struggled to think of something I could do to further accept sexual deviancy. Hand out little jars of Vaseline on the street corner outside The Brass Rail, maybe?

The NRA came under fire, ha ha ha, for supporting gun rights. I wondered if the UAW would have been blamed if it had been a car bomb. Good things the Muslim crazies don't know how to make those, eh? Err...

Here, UAW members protest another shooting demanding more use of car bombs by Islamic crazies.
Then there were those mocking people whose "thoughts and prayers" were with the victims and their families. Really, they weren't sneering at empathy, they were making fun of anyone who didn't feel empathy and then take the political action they demanded. It wasn't about the shooting or the suffering, it was about their particular political ax, which has been ground down to a nub.

Update: I almost forgot one of my favorites - the all-religions-are-the-same crowd. Amanda Marcotte paraded her ignorance for all to see with something entitled, "Bigotry Is Bigotry, No Matter Which Religion You Follow." Thank you for that very strenuous effort, Amanda. Why don't you sit down and have a nice, cool glass of lemonade now? There's a good girl.

It all got to be so boring. It wasn't even worth retorting in snarkiness. It's strange to say, but the largest mass-murder in US history (not counting Kermit Gosnell, because, well, he was an abortionist butcher and so he is not discussed in Polite Company) turned into a yawneroo.

Next time this sort of thing happens, I think I'll stay off the Internet for a day or two and just say a couple of Rosaries. It may not help, but at least it will be sincere.

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