After Batman Theater Shooting, Rightbloggers Rush to Defend What's Important: Guns, Themselves

tomt200.jpgLast week's terrible incident in Aurora, Colorado in which 70 people were shot, 12 fatally, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises made many of us think about how awful these episodes of senseless violence are, how precious and fragile life is, and that we should stay close and be good to our loved ones.

Rightbloggers wanted to make sure no one said anything bad about them or assault weapons.

Pre-Aurora, rightbloggers were psyched to celebrate the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, as an important work of conservative philosophy -- like Atlas Shrugged, only less cartoonish. "TDKR MAGNIFICENT ... AND MOST CONSERVATIVE FILM EVER," gushed Ben Shapiro at Breitbart's Big Hollywood. At RedState, Matt Rooney, playing off President Obama's "you didn't build that" speech, declared "Obama Must Not Think Batman Deserves Credit for Wayne Enterprises." And that would be ridiculous!

Rooney also claimed that "it's been reported that President Obama's supporters plan to use the Batman villain 'Bane' from this summer's new movie, The Dark Knight Rises, to attack Governor Mitt Romney," though the chief promulgator of this peculiar idea about Bane has been Rush Limbaugh.

Eventually the movie came out, and rightbloggers enjoyed explaining, as they have with other Batman movies, how it proved Batman was rightwing like them ("Batman, One Percenter?"), and that Princess Leia would like them if she got to know them.

But regrettable events overtook them and they had to move to a new set of absurd generalizations.

At first their outrage was attracted by an on-air report by ABC News' Brian Ross on the shooter's identity after his name, but no details, had been revealed. Ross said this: "There's a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes, but it's Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado."

He turned out to have the wrong Jim Holmes -- who did not appreciate the attention -- and Ross and ABC issued an apology.

A large number of people mocked Ross and even called for him to be fired -- including liberals like Gawker's John Cook and Mother Jones' Kevin Drum. But rightbloggers, convinced Ross' error was part of a conspiracy against them personally, enhanced their dudgeon with the sort of exquisite butthurt for which they have become universally known.

"We simply cannot stand by any longer and let them get away with passing off such brazen partisanship as 'news,'" foamed Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom. "These are propagandists in league with the Democrats and the 'progressives.' They are the disinformation arm of the democratic socialist coup happening in this country right now. The activist press needs to be beaten back just as aggressively as politicized justices and imperial Presidents. No more. No more. No more."

"[The media] know how to be exquisitely sensitive and non-prejudgey when it might be a Muslim or some other protected minority," fumed Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit -- hm, "protected minority," OK -- "so maybe," he continued, "the only way to encourage them to show better judgment the rest of the time is to cost some people their jobs." Reynolds also linked to a Dave Swindle item he called "a roundup of 'progressive' scapegoating, some of it racist" -- but the linked page just shows liberals making unremarkable statements like "America is a violent country"; there's nothing about race except Swindle's own reference to a book by a black guy who "chose to blame unemployment for inspiring inner city drug dealers to break the law." Presumably Reynolds just scanned it, noticed black people were quoted, and decided this meant racism against white people.

Media Research Center president Brent Bozell demanded Ross "apologize to Good Morning America's audience, the James Holmes he falsely implicated of mass murder, and, most of all, to each and every person in Colorado directly or indirectly affected by this horrific tragedy," which would require an awful lot of stationery.

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Of course they are -- someone might propose a gun control bill that could get as far as an unsuccessful floor vote.
"[Ross] didn't care if it was true or not," clairvoyanced Ridiculous Pseudonym at Wake Up America. "...He just wanted to make the connection in the viewer's minds. In the process, he tarnished every person who happens to be named James or Jim Holmes." Ridic Pseud also suggested the anchor had made the mistake deliberately in anticipation of "a congratulatory slap on the back from his bosses at ABC" for slurring the Tea Party. "If ABC was sincere they'd fire Ross," he continued. "The least they should do is a descent feature on tonight's news with a very penitent Brian Ross offering more than just a few mea culpas!"

"I've documented the Blame Righty impulse extensively," bragged Michelle Malkin. "Sarah Palin is the most prominent conservative to encounter this tactic..."

Joel B. Pollak of Breitbart's Big Government also denounced the Ross error -- and then announced that the shooting suspect "could be a registered Democrat, according to documents obtained by Breitbart News." Much later, Pollak revealed "newly-released information... suggest[s] that the suspect may, in fact, not have been registered to vote." But by then, Drudge had picked it up, so now your grandmother believes it.

Meanwhile, Daily Pundit Bill Quick leaned, and leaned hard, on the theory the attack was the work of an Islamic terrorist.

"Here's the obligatory instantaneous 'no indications of terrorism' announcement from the authorities," he scoffed. "...And, of course, 'one gunman' couldn't be a terror attack. Just as, I suppose, one splodeydope suicide bomber couldn't be one, either - because that would be a 'one-off.' I suppose if you work hard enough at it, you can twist your definition of 'terror attack' to the point that it only defines the acts of white male Christian killers..."

Quick went on a good, long while like this. "Just as with Major Nidal Hasan," he thundered, "even overwhelming evidence of Islamic connections, beliefs, and violent intentions will not be enough to label the attack as Muslim terrorism - until several years afterwards." He also speculated that "the anti-American left" -- a rock band from Columbus, Ohio, we think -- "is probably teetering between joy and terror: joy at the possibility that this atrocity was carried out by another white, bitter, clinger, and fear that it will turn out to be motivated, as have so many other attacks all over the world, by the spirit of violent Islamic jihad."

Later, Quick complained that "the fellating tools of the media have finally moved to the obligatory three-name version of the whackjob's name," when clearly such people should be referred to as Presumed Muslim Terrorist.

But the Other Holmes Affair receded as a topic as rightbloggers noticed that some people were, in the wake of the mass murder, talking smack about one of their blessed sacraments.

"At APM," said All Patriots Media, "we abhor these disgusting attacks by news organizations and political leaders who have so little information, and consistently desire to eliminate citizen's rights under the guise of safety."

All Patriots Media was referring to the reasonable observation that, given the ease with which Holmes obtained an assault rifle and ammo, more safeguards on ownership of such weapons may be called for.

This is heresy among rightbloggers, and the assault on assault weapons became the real tragedy of Aurora.


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Hmn Bng
Hmn Bng

It might be because the Lefties rushed to propose "gun control" that actually translates to the infringement of a consitutional right. Cause and effect here.

Milton
Milton

People like to remind us that criminals won't follow gun laws anyway, but this Colorado shooter was not some mugger or gang member, so let's not forget that most of these massacres are perpetrated by disturbed people who obtained their guns legally and with shocking ease (or maybe swiped them from a family member who obtained them legally). Guns shouldn't be all out banned, but neither should you be able to buy a .50 caliber sniper rifle on craigslist... 

Robert Cardinelle
Robert Cardinelle

They know you liberals will be out there knee jerking over the shooting, that's why. Where the hell were your bogus emotional senseless protests when Obama and Holder gave assault weapons to drug criminals and 200 innocent Mexicans were killed by them, and one US agent? What a joke to pretend you are all choked up now. Go see a shrink and get over your gun phobias.

Jennifer
Jennifer

"We simply cannot stand by any longer and let them get away with passing off such brazen partisanship as 'news,'" foamed Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom.

 

I'm sure Godlstein has been all over Fox "News" each and every time a congressional scandal involving a Republican breaks, and Fox posts a picture of said congressman identifying him as "Scumbag, (D)".  Given that Fox has done this dozens of times, policing brazen partisanship passed off as "news" must be a full-time job for Godlstein. 

Realist
Realist

I can't speak for anyone else, but to me, "gun control" specifically means keeping weapons out of the hands of flakes like the people at Twitchy.

studiesincrap
studiesincrap topcommenter

In fairness to The Twitchy, Salman Rushdie'spun was terrible.

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

Better put on a face guard, Brian Williams. Jeff Godlstein is coming for you.

SubstanceMcGravitas
SubstanceMcGravitas

<i>"I am not calling for censorship here, nor for gun control laws," said PJ Media's Roger L. Simon, "but for a modicum of self-censorship</i>

 

Not censorship but "censorship" you big dummies.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Always fascinating to see all the would-be John McClane's who assume that if they had been there and packing, they'd have totally gone '1 shot, 1 kill' and brought down an armored gunman in a dark theater filled with tear gas. It's the worst sort of fantasy. 

 

But, Democrats lost this battle years ago. There's plenty of pro-gun Democrats, but almost no gun control Republicans. We're entering a period where the answer to crazy people with guns is having everyone own a gun, and hope that somehow, that will keep crazy people from shooting. It will be a tragic period when conservatives feel that they can shut down an argument because they have superior firepower, but I see that day arriving unless something is done.

SubstanceMcGravitas
SubstanceMcGravitas

"I've documented the Blame Righty impulse extensively," bragged Michelle Malkin. "Sarah Palin is the most prominent conservative to encounter this tactic..."

 

This threatens Sarah Palin's ability to...er...what does Sarah Palin do?

horatius
horatius

I wonder if any of these pencil-dicks watched the movie Office Space. They are the target demographic for the "Jump to conclusions" mat.

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

 @BradJones24 According to the CDC, there were 11,493 homicides caused by firearms in the U.S.  So, using your meaningless looney formula, the U.S. experienced 3 Aurora massacres every single day in 2009. Wow. Think how much worse those numbers would have been if we hadn't let the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expire!

royedroso
royedroso

 @BradJones24  The outrage is in you, obviously. Now what do you propose Chicago do about it -- make sure everyone there has guns?

Roger_Ailes
Roger_Ailes

Hollywood's been engaged in censorship for 25 years, by refusing to return Roger's calls.

Phila
Phila

 @McSalmon I say we recreate the crime scene in a laser tag facility, and let each of these tough guys see just how many innocent people they manage to shoot. My guess is, most of 'em couldn't take out the shoot if you gave 'em three tries.

BradJones24
BradJones24

 @RPorrofatto Why not check and see what happened to gun violence in Washington, DC after it created its (unconstitutional) restrictive gun ban.  Surprise!  Gun violence spiked dramatically, because -- guess what ? -- criminals don't give a crap about your ban!

ifthethunderdontgety
ifthethunderdontgety

 @royedroso 

 

Sounds like Brad says, "YES!"

 

P.S. Mentioning that cities like NYC and D.C. have restrictive gun control laws that don't work is shameless.  Guns are easily imported from states like Virginia.  It's an argument that discredits the source.

~

BradJones24
BradJones24

 @royedroso The largest statistical study and analysis was performed by economist John Lott and summarized in the book "More Guns, Less Crime."  To his surprise, he found that an armed society is a polite society.

 

Chicago already has the strictest gun control laws in the nation, which serve only to prevent the law-abiding from defending themselves and other innocents.

 

DC, New York CIty, Mexico City and London are other "gun-free" zones experiencing record amounts of gun violence.

 

Furthermore, disarming populations frequently leads to genocide (see: the Soviety Union, Nazi Germany, the Maoist Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, etc.).

 

 

AtticusDogsbody
AtticusDogsbody

Williams should probably look out, as well. Given the chance, I'm sure Jeff would love to slap one across his forehead.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 @Phila I'm sure they each have a memorable catch phrase to yell before making the shot. In fact, I think that in order to own a concealed firearm, you should have to run through such a gauntlet like a professional police officer would.  I'm tired of all these NRA fetishists running around declaring they need unfettered access to firearms in order to stop crime when the vast vast majority have no idea what they are talking about. As usual.

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

 @BradJones24 You're right. Every American should have the free, unregulated, unrestricted ability to walk into any gun store in the nation and buy any number of semi-automatic high-velocity rifles, tactical handguns, night scopes, kevlar vests, helmets, gas masks, ballistic leggings, kevlar Penis Protektor™ underwear, and thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition without anyone so much as raising an eyebrow. That's guaranteed to continue to make us so much safer than, say, Spain. It all makes perfect sense.

Phila
Phila

I love how a single massacre in Norway -- a massacre strongly influence by the American hard right, mind you -- somehow normalizes the countless massacres in the USA, according to the American hard right.

 

Basically, Breivik didn't exist until you schmucks invented him.

Phila
Phila

I love how a single massacre in Norway -- a massacre strongly influenced by the American hard right, mind you -- somehow normalizes the countless massacres in the U.S., according to the American hard right.

 

Basically, Breivik didn't exist until you schmucks invented him. 

freshlysqueezedcynic
freshlysqueezedcynic

 @BradJones24 From that article:"In terms of gun crime the figures are actually down month on month this year…but they are still worryingly high."

 

Brad, you are incredibly mendacious.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

 @BradJones24 It's funny how you wildly deflect when you can't even begin to address the fact that your "arguments," such as they are, have been shredded.  Of course, that's the classic tactic that people use when they know they can't win on the merits, but you are notably bad at it.  You're just so transparent.

james
james

 @BradJones24

 Hey Brad - so where did you get your London figures from?  Apparently not here:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18900384

 

so - just perhaps you're too dumb to click through, I'll give you a summary: for the year ending March 2012 there were 39 gun homicides in the UK.  That's 39 in ONE YEAR in a country with a population of about 60 million.  About a fifth of the US's population - so let's multiply by 5...(come on Brad!).....about 200!  So I guess if gun control didn't work we would expect around 200 gun homicides in the US each year.  Problem: it's around 11,000.

 

Brad, I lived in the US 15 years, and I know how deep a part of your national myth guns are, but look son - if you're going to argue, word of advice: don't make shit up or try and bend facts to fit your arguement.  You'll just end up looking like an idiot. 

Jennifer
Jennifer

 @BradJones24  @royedroso  @ifthethunderdontgety Brad, instead of mindlessly repeating anecdotes and pretending that they are the equivalent of data, why don't you do the research to find out how many attempted gun crimes there were in NY and DC that were thwarted by an armed citizen vigilante before assuming there's a connection between gun bans and higher gun crime?  Because you know if armed citizens weren't deterring any significant number of crimes with their personal sidearms before the gun ban went into effect, it's a pretty good wager to figure that criminals weren't being deterred by it then, and the crime rates have perhaps gone up for some other reason or reasons.

 

Better yet, why not dig into the data - yes, data, not anecdote - going back some 50 years that shows very strong correlation between poverty and crime?  And guess what's been going on for the past 10-20 years?  People have been getting poorer.

royedroso
royedroso

 @BradJones24 What draconian new guns laws were passed in New York last year?

 

You're just being deliberately obtuse now. I assure you the effort is redundant. 

royedroso
royedroso

 @BradJones24  @ifthethunderdontgety  " I notice that you conveniently ignored Mexico City and London..."

 

Any conversation where you answer a point and the guy says let's talk about something else is not destined to be fruitful.

 

New York's crime rate went WAY down after the city aggressively removed guns from the streets. Do you really think if you put them back, crime would go down?

BradJones24
BradJones24

 @ifthethunderdontgety  @royedroso I notice that you conveniently ignored Mexico City and London, both of which are experiencing record amounts of gun violence even though guns are banned.  And, last I checked, Eric Holder ain't sending guns to London.

 

Oh, and let's not get started with the neo-Nazi massacre in Norway.

 

Gee, we've had guns and gunpowder for hundreds of years.  Any decent machine shop can easily construct a gun.

 

How do you propose banning them?

 

Are the criminals and psychopaths going to obey your ban?

 

ConsumerUnit5012
ConsumerUnit5012

 @BradJones24 Internet Rule #71: 'Nobody is allowed to use the phrase "An armed society is a polite society" unless they've lived in Somalia for at least one full year.'

gocartmozart
gocartmozart

 @horatius

 Rwanda didn't have a lot of guns so the used machetes.  If the Hutus had automatic weapons, the civil war would have ended sooner.

horatius
horatius

 @BradJones24 Wrong. Arming populations leads to genocide. See Nazi Germany, Maoist Pol Pot, Armenia, Rwanda, Serbia......

horatius
horatius

 @BradJones24 "economist John Lott".

 

BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 

Don't make me larf.

BradJones24
BradJones24

 @aimai Really and your attribution is -- let me guess? -- DailyKos or some other unbiased source.  You only need go to that obscure review source called Amazon and see the kudos thrown Lott's way for his study, which has proven out as more and more states have adopted CCW.

 

Big_Bad_Bald_Bastard
Big_Bad_Bald_Bastard

 @BradJones24 <I> To his surprise, he found that an armed society is a polite society.</I>

 

Ah, yes, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia are known for their politeness.

Roger_Ailes
Roger_Ailes

It's almost as if Brad didn't read your article, Roy.

aimai
aimai

 @BradJones24 Is this a joke? John Lott's study was debunked as fake almost as soon as it was published. He then became infamous posing as a "student" supporter of himself, one of the early internet sock puppet scandals, by writing approvingly of himself under the name "Mary Rosh."  Quoting Lott's work is like using Piltdown Man as proof of something in a debate about evolution.

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