Book Review: The Renegades

Something to demonize

My heart goes out to the families of those who lost loved ones in the movie shooting. I mourn the loss of innocent people enjoying a night out, and the futures they will never see.

One crazy bastard killed them. We may find out why, but we may not. Crazy is like that. What we have found out is that the usual suspects in the left's rogues gallery have been brought out for public flogging. Like broken clocks the moral hysterics are only right by inaction, and their actions in this instance are reprehensible. They not only assume the worst about their ideological opponents, they trumpet it from the rooftops. Never let a crisis go to waste eh? So conservative talk radio, the Tea Party and of course guns all came under fire from the left.

The sick joker who massacred the movie-goers also booby trapped his apartment with an array of explosives and chemicals the cops are still trying to defuse. If he had no guns he could have easily brought some of those bombs into the theater and possibly killed everyone. But guns are evil and so they must be blamed, as well as the right wing hate groups and haters who incite violence.

The most egregious was ABC's Brian Ross grasping for any way to make this about evil right wingers and tossing an innocent guy on the fire for the crime of being a Tea party member.

Ross: There's a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea party site as well, 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.

There are dozens of people with the strikingly common name of Jim Holmes in the area, but somehow Ross and ABC saw fit to pick this guy. Biased much? Trampling the bodies of the dead in a grotesque attempt to smear your enemies would be cause for a public shunning in a decent world. Journalism is many things, decent isn't one of them.

A man always on the chopping block is Rush Limbaugh:

Some Twitter users are speculating that the Aurora, Colo., shooter was inspired by comments made by Rush Limbaugh.  The shooting occurred at a midnight premiere of the movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.” On Tuesday July 17, Limbaugh said on his radio show that the name of the villain in the movie is a thinly-veiled dig at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
de Groot @punchdouble

I wonder if the Aurora shooting has anything to do with Rush Limbaugh's comments on TDKR. I surely wouldn't be surprised.

Jon Hardie @pocojuan

.@EricTTung Wondering about a connection between Rush Limbaugh's Dark Knight Bane Diatribe & the Horrific Aurora Theater Shooting This AM

But of course the real villains are those inanimate hunks of metal, Guns. Crisis non-wasters got right to it.


Horrendous details from this Colorado cinema shooting. America has got to do something about its gun laws. Now is the time.


It's time for the presidential candidates to step up & tell us what they'll do about guns in America

Well Mayor Bloomberg, we can just ban them and then all cities can be as safe from gun violence as NYC and Chicago. Wholesale slaughter anyone, and they have some of the most-restrictive gun laws on Earth. Chicago is now more dangerous than Kabul FFS.

One of the most stunningly dense stories decided that we could zero in and put the crosshairs on one gun in particular.

Virginia Tech. Gabby Giffords. Now Aurora, Colo.

The names and places are linked by tragedy, death and the Glock semiautomatic handgun.

I wasn't going to write anything about this sad tragedy until I read this garbage. There is so much illogic and stupidity, it is hard to pick what to highlight.

“Certain guns have a reputation of being especially deadly,” James Alan Fox, a professor at Northeastern University and an expert in mass shootings, said in reference to the Glock semiautomatic.

The most deadly guns are whichever ones crazy bastards point at innocent people.

Daniel Webster, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said Glocks are popular because they are reliable and relatively easy to use. He said that the .40-caliber Glock is one of the largest-caliber handguns available. “The bullets it fires are larger,” he said. “They put bigger holes in things.”

The .22 has killed more people than any other round and it is a tiny thing. It is not the kind of gun, or the size of the bullet that kills people, it is the malevolent evil in the mind of the person who pulls the trigger. The method is irrelevant.