Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Was a Clearly Insane Gunman or Freedom of Speech Responsible?

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Blogger love the girls said...

On a practical level, doesn't matter what the reason is.

The right winger are in full police state mode demanding suppression of speech. While the the left wingers are doing the same.


Further, so what if free expression was somehow the cause? The only reason it's even being brought up as cause is for the purpose of suppressing it. Just the only reason to bring up some child dying in a car crash is to use the child's death as a bludgeon to suppress some other liberty.

9:31 AM  
OpenID danightman said...

If they want to frame it as free expression, let me frame it correctly:

Question: "Should I be silent (because that's what "toning it down" means) about the iniquity of my culture simply because some homicidal psychotic might have, even tangentially, agreed with me about something?"

The answer, to any sane or sensible person, is flat out no.

I'll give a sensible question in another comment.

12:27 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

As promised, a sensible question to ask.

"If everyone knew the guy was crazy and potentially a walking timebomb, did anyone try to help? Why or why not?"

Why, connected to this, is the largest mental hospital not a facility to house mentally ill people and attempt to heal them for release to resume some sort of normal life, but the adjunct of a county jail?

12:31 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Excellent questions.

I don't recall centrists and other statists being asked to "tone it down" after the government assault on Waco.

Or how about the MSM asking the State Department to "tone it down" after the assault on Iraq?

I realize that these thoughts are "anti-goverment," putting me in league with Jared Loughner in the eyes of those who would have us "tone it down."

2:38 PM  
OpenID danightman said...

Re: Western,

So are my questions for those people as well, who apparently didn't ask those who fetishized assassinating our last President, or asked Barak Obama who paraphrased the movie version of "the Untouchables".

The original quote, from Sean Connery. "Here's how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way."

And for the record, Obama had every right to say it, just as Reagan had to quote Dirty Harry's famous "go ahead, make my day" line in his campaign.

9:05 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

"Putting head in bucket may cause drowning"

I always thought such warning labels, as typically found on paint buckets and ladders, were absurd, but apparently, those who would agree are less common than I would have guessed.

The the dumbing down of America takes another step down the ladder rung :


6:08 AM  

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