Please see the completed/final article at my website.
I've spent a great part of the last week reading the "news" and hundreds of commentaries, blogs and emails related to the tragedy in Virginia on Monday.
Sometimes I wonder if anyone actually studies old fashioned journalism anymore... not that it was ever pure, but the current mix of hysteria and conflicting stories - not to mention horrible writing and endless typos - make me wonder just where these "news" people come from.
The bias toward ever more government control is always there, and bad enough, but the sheer wallowing in gore and the emotional pain of everyone they could lay hands on was an insult to every thinking person in this country.
And no, I didn't even see any of it on TV. I don't watch TV. I don't receive a TV signal where I live. What I saw was on the internet, which now seems to have been taken over pretty much by the mainstream media outlets as far as the news is concerned. They couldn't beat us, so they joined us I guess.
Lew Rockwell and a dozen blogs I visited all had predictable articles on this terrible historical event, rightly identifying the fact that the college was a disarmed victim zone and that even one armed student or teacher could have prevented the whole thing - but a "law" against guns on campus prevented it.
We already knew that.
Hundreds of people send me emails. I belong to several freedom type forums and discussion email groups. The postings there are pretty much the same as the blogs and articles, sometimes even more articulate. But we're all singing the same old song.
Remove the date and name of the place and they could all be writing about Columbine or any of dozens of other such tragedies, give or take a few dead and injured of course.
We of the freedom community rage at being disarmed, that our children are herded into these "gun free zones" where they can be murdered. We complain about the anti-depressants our children are given, and all the rest.
Bitch, whine, complain, cry, moan, criticize, pontificate, blah, blah, blah...
But what the hell are we going to DO about it?
How many parents REMOVED their young people permanently from these "school" killing zones on Tuesday - or Monday afternoon?
How many people decided on Monday that they were never going to go out of their front door disarmed again?
How many people looked into their medicine cabinet TODAY and tossed out all of the insane psychotropic drugs they'd been giving THEIR children - or themselves?
How many people decided to get the hell out of cities and states where they are milked like cows and kept helpless as dogs in a cage - and started making real plans?
How many people decided to take personal responsibility for their own lives, reclaim complete ownership of themselves and their property? How many will simply cash their government checks this Friday, or whenever instead?
How many people quit government jobs or decided to send that check back?
How many people determined to find a way to live in real peace with their neighbors, counting integrity and non-aggression more important than any imagined need to "control" what other people do or say?
What the hell are we going to DO about this? Wait for the next one?