Sunday, October 15, 2006

Another Swirl Around the Toilet; or, Who's The Simplistic One Here?

From Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald. I'll admit I actually agree with a lot of what Pitts says (although sure as hell NOT the turd he passed that he called this week's column), even if he shows his leftist moonbat side of himself a little too much for my tastes, but this was just ridiculous...

We have become ever more impatient with the complexities and convolutions that characterize our most intractable problems, ever more intolerant of solutions that require patience, long-term thinking, and the coordination of multiple strategies. Like overweight people looking for a fat-burning pill, we want magic solutions that require no investment of time, tears or tolerance.

So sure, if school shootings are a threat, let's arm the teachers. Because, as everyone knows, the real problem in this country is that there just aren't enough people with guns. At the very least, arming teachers will sure discourage cheating. Indeed, why stop there?
Arm the bus drivers. That'll teach some punk to try to slip on with an expired transfer.
Arm the waiters. Bet folks won't be so quick to whine about their soup being cold.
Heck, arm the editors. Presto! Suddenly everybody's able to make their deadlines.
Lasee's proposal is emblematic of the simple, simplistic, simple-minded schemes that bubble to the surface of the national discourse with troubling frequency these days.

What else to say to this, but, what a load of horseshit? If anyone's being simplistic here, it's the weenies on the left who squeal for ever more strict gun-control legislation and gun bans after school shootings like the ones in Pennsylvania and at Columbine. There is, of course, a hell of a lot more to arming the teachers than just putting 1911s in their hands and saying, "Here you go." But people like Leonard Pitts, Marsha McCartney and their ilk either don't know that or willfully choose to ignore it as they peddle their disgusting stereotypes of gun owners and others who choose to see the world as the violent place it can sometimes be. Those of us who advocate arming the teachers don't see it as a panacea...we see it as just another tool in the box, much like the gun itself. It makes me sick to my stomach. When I read this, I thought back to what Dave Grossman said in his essay "On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs" (emphasis mine --ed.):
We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids' schools.
But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid's school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the
sheep's only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone
coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

And that denial is what promped Mr. Pitts to write that blatantly offensive piece of dreck, no doubt about it.
I wonder what Leonard Pitts would be saying if people stereotyped blacks like he stereotyped gun people in his column. I bet he wouldn't like it one bit, and for good reason...those stereotypes are just as infuriating and untrue as the ones he peddled. He and those like them ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.