Not long ago sportscaster Bob Costas was attacked viciously by the Fox mindless piranhas for having read on air a few paragraphs from an article suggesting it might be time to talk about tightening gun control. He was speaking shortly after Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher had shot and killed both his girlfriend and himself after an argument about paternity. The Fox position was that (a) it’s always the right time to talk about promoting gun sales and possession, and (b) it’s never the right time or place to talk about controlling gun sales and proliferation.
Jon Stewart responded with a perfect evisceration of the Fox lunacy:
In watching these segments, you’ll have caught airhead Megyn Kelly’s fatuous reference to the O.J. Simpson murder:
(In fairness, Kelly’s head isn’t really this disproportionately ginormous. That it seems so is a distortion caused by the lens used in making the publicity photo. And she isn’t merely the blonde bimbo I’ve made her seem. She earned a law degree and practiced for a bit. But that raises another question. If she’s that smart and is fairly well educated, then how can she sit there with a straight face and argue such a juvenile position? That’s not “lawyer talk.” That’s the kind of thing a college freshman might argue late at night after a lot of beers.)
This whole exchange occurred before today’s massacre in the elementary school, of course. I wonder whether Kelly would argue that, had he been armed only with a knife, the killer would still have been able to murder 26 persons, none of them fighting back or escaping.
I remember a New Yorker cartoon that’s apropos here. To include it in this context, for the purpose of analysis, is fair use, I think. If I learn otherwise, I will of course take it down immediately.
Rats! Can’t find it. I’ll keep looking.