Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bill Whittle Decides to Become a Regular

One of the most eloquent, moving and thought provoking writers the blogosphere has produced over the last few years is Bill Whittle. You'll see that he's over in my sidebar. He doesn't post often but when he does you'd better make sure you have some time to read because his posts are long and you won't want to stop.

Bill has just announced that he is going to become a regular poster. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that it's true. Frequent posting is a hard thing to keep up with. Just look at my post frequency. Like Bill, I always think that by the time I am ready to opine on something, I feel like someone else has already said it and said it better than I can. So where's the value add to me piling on? Unlike me, Bill is a prolific and thoughtful writer. His work connects with me, and a lot of other people on a very visceral level. As more than one person has put it (to paraphrase), "until Bill came along and said it, I thought I was alone in feeling it." Well no more. Bill's unique voice speaks for and to a lot of us.
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Killers and Guns.

I found this post at Clasically Liberal (via Instapundit). It details several cases where armed civilians stopped a guy on a shooting rampage and the media have conveniently forgotten to mention the fact. I knew about several of these myself. In fact the incident at Appalachian Law School came to my mind almost immediately after I heard the news about Cho Seung-Hui's killing rampage last week.

There's also this link to a video of Penn & Teller on gun control. It's 28 minutes long but, hay, it's Penn & Teller. Watch it. You won't be sorry.

The central point both of these items make is that in every case where one of these psychos has killed a lot of people, gun control was in effect, in the form of "gun-free zones." All they do is reassure a would-be killer that his intended victims will be defenseless, in fact they seem to choose the venue for that very reason.

Robert Heinlein once said that "an armed society is a polite society." There's a reason for that.
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