The saying goes, “the cream rises to the top.”Â In times of despair and tragedy, you see the good come out in people.Â And for the most part, I do still believe that is true.Â However, after Columbine, Sept. 11th, and now the Va. Tech shooting, I have come to another conclusion.Â Insanity rises to the top as well.
That is the only reason I can figure that, in times of crisis like these, you start to seeÂ some of the nuttiestÂ people in America come out of the woodwork to start spewing divisive, hurtful, and yes even just plain nutty things.
Exhibit A.Â Debbie Schlussel.Â Even as the reports were coming out that there were no terroristic ties to the events, Schlussel wasn’t satisfied.Â Even as the reports came out that it was an “Asian Male” that was the shooter, she continued to justify her rantings because, “there is a large Muslim community” at Va. Tech and “Pakis” are considered “Asian”Â She doesn’t actually say who equates “Pakis” to Asians except for herself.Â Schlussel has obviously been overexposed to VP Cheney talking points, and “clearly sees” connections where none exist.Â She was so convinced that the “liberal” media was ready to cover this up that even has the experts provided information, she continued to believe her own interpretation of events.Â This pathetic Ann Coulter wanna-be should now hopefully go back under the rock from which she crawled.
Exhibit B.Â Ken Ham, President of Answers in Genesis offers this “reason” for the tragedy:
We live in an era when public high schools and colleges have all but banned God from science classes. In these classrooms, students are taught that the whole universe, including plants and animalsâ€”and humansâ€”arose by natural processes. Naturalism (in essence, atheism) has become the religion of the day and has become the foundation of the education system (and Western culture as a whole). The more such a philosophy permeates the culture, the more we would expect to see a sense of purposelessness and hopelessness that pervades peopleâ€™s thinking. In fact, the more a culture allows the killing of the unborn, the more we will see people treating life in general as â€œcheap.â€
Regardless of what your belief or religion is, to rush out and try and tie these horrific events to what you are taught in a science class, is nothing short of pathetic.Â He couldn’t wait 24 hours after the shootings to get this “evidence” out there.
Exhibit C.Â Fred Phelps, from his own Website (Link not safe for Sane People)
WBC will preach at the funerals of the Virginia Tech students killed on campus during a shooting rampage April 16, 2007. You describe this as monumental horror, but you know nothing of horror â€” yet. Your bloody tyrant Bush says he is â€˜horrifiedâ€™ by it all. You know nothing of horror â€” yet. Your true horror is coming. â€œThey shall also gird themselves with sackloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their headsâ€ (Eze. 7:18).
Why did this happen, you ask? Itâ€™s simple. Your military chose to shoot at the servants of God today, and all they got for their effort was terror. Then, the LORD your God sent a crazed madman to shoot at your children. Was God asleep while this took place? Was He on vacation? Of course not. He willed this to happen to punish you for assailing His servants.
Is there any commentary really needed for this loon?
Exhibit D.Â Representative Ron Paul (R-Tx) told the Politico
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has a simple solution to future shooting massacres such as the one that ripped apart Virginia Tech university Monday: more guns.
“People are a little more cautious if somebody might have a gun there,” the GOP presidential candidate told Politico reporters Tuesday. “A concealed gun carried by a responsible person — that might have ended the problem that they had at Virginia Tech with one person being killed or two people being killed.”
Guns!Â The answer is more guns!Â Now I don’t really have a stance on either side of the gun argument (no, really I don’t).Â But to suggest that MORE GUNS is the answer.Â I don’t think so.
Advocates of gun ownership rights saw Monday’s massacre as evidence of the need to relax gun laws rather than tighten them.
“All the school shootings that have ended abruptly in the last 10 years were stopped because a law-abiding citizen — a potential victim — had a gun,” said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.
Another pro-wild west solution.Â Again, I am on the fence on this issue, and more than suggesting more gun control, I would like to see the rules we have better enforced, but the suggestion of more guns, and a “vigilante solution” would have prevented this situations is sadly short-sighted.Â Â I think Froggie summed this up better than I could when she said, “Somebody, please tell me that Iâ€™m not going crazy for thinking that this is one of the most retarded things ever uttered.”
How did that song go, The freaks come out at night?Â Well I guess… unless they have something to pedal to us during a time like this.Â Then they come out during the day as well.Â I rest my case.