Another Arrow in the Quiver
When it comes to politicizing tragedies, both sides of the gun debate are typically ready to pounce whenever violent events fit into their respective narrative. It usually works in the following way. Every time a single mom at home alone with her baby blows the head off an intruder, the pro-gun folks point to her as an example of how the cops would never have gotten there on time and it is because this lady was a responsible gun owner and knew how to aim and shoot that she and her child remained alive and unmolested. And they are right. And every time a loser whose been playing too many video games and reading too much Nietzsche goes on a spree and shoots a few, or a lot, of people, the anti-gun people point to him as a reason why we need to ban guns from private ownership. And they are wrong.
This weekend the anti-gun people responded predictably to to the weekend murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. During halftime of NBC’s coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Dallas Cowboys, NBC Sports analyst Bob Costas made a plea for gun control quoting a column by Jason Whitlock.
“‘Our current gun culture,’ Whitlock wrote, ‘ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy. And more convenience store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead. Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here,’ wrote Jason Whitlock, ‘is what I believe — if Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Cassandra Perkins would both be alive today.’”
But another less publicized act of violence occurred the same weekend at a community college where a murder suicide ended the life of instructor James Krumm.
Krumm’s 25-year-old son, Christopher Krumm, stabbed Arnold to death at the home she shared with James Krumm. Passers-by found her dead in the gutter of her street. The younger Krumm then went to his father’s computer science class and shot him with an arrow in front of a handful of students, who escaped unhurt in the ensuing chaos. Christopher Krumm also stabbed his father and himself. They both died in the classroom.
Since none of the pro-gun people have politicized this tragedy yet, I’ll take it upon myself to do so. This is the rare example of a school killing spree that the left would rather you not know about. Why? Because this spree jumped narratives. The left are constantly rolling their eyes when pro-gun advocates make the argument that if people didn’t have guns they would still find a way to go nuts and kill people. Well, (here it comes) WE TOLD YOU SO! I have now exploited this tragedy for political purposes and man did it feel good.
I know, I know what you’re going to say (you emasculated urban liberal pansy): “well it could have been a lot worse if he’d had an AR-15.” Not likely. This guy seemed to have killed all the people he was planning to kill. Presumably he could have launched a few more arrows into the class room if he was really on a rampage, but instead he stabbed himself to death.
So there it is. Point made. That crazy guy in the theater could have barred the door and burned everyone alive with gasoline. People are horrible and they don’t need guns to do horrible things.