Sturm Und Drang

Jim Geraghty of NRO (yes, you folks in the NRx mutaween, I’m linking to NRO again) posted a good newsletter this morning about the San Bernardino shootings. (In case you’ve just emerged from a coma, or a two-day shift in a zinc mine, there was a mass shooting by two or more Muslims in California yesterday.) It’s all good, but here’s a key excerpt:

Once again, short of nationwide mandatory confiscation of all firearms from civilians, no gun law would have prevented this. Not a seven-day waiting period. No “gun show loophole” applied. Limits on how much ammunition a gun can carry at one time might have had a marginal impact; there’s little sign the shooters encountered much resistance at the social services facility. Initial reports indicated they had as much time to reload as they needed and brought multiple weapons.

Read the rest here.

As long as I am posting links sure to annoy somebody either to my left or to my right, here’s a good item by Ann Coulter, in response to all the nonsense we’ve been hearing about white males being the most dangerous people in America. (Although, to be fair, if you keep pounding on them hard enough in a thousand different ways, one of these days they will be.)

With irreconcilably polarized factions pulling relentlessly in opposite directions, the social framework of America, and the of West in general, is coming apart very quickly now. Events like these are like hammer-blows. Every one strains the joints, and widens the cracks.

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15 Comments

  1. Abraham Lincoln, one of our two greatest Presidents (along with George Washington, of course), said, “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.”

    We don’t need any more gun-control legislation. What we need is to vote the f*cking Left out of positions of power. And we need it ASAP.

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  2. John says

    With irreconcilably polarized factions pulling relentlessly in opposite directions, the social framework of America, and the of West in general, is coming apart very quickly now.

    This, for me, has been the most disturbing element of recent events. Terrorists attacks just drive those on the left farther left, those on the right farther right. Opposite sides are not working from anything resembling a shared notion of reality. Can’t help but think that civil war is in play in Europe and America, and may be inevitable.

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
  3. pangur says

    In before OEM is here to tell us about how this was workplace violence, lol.

    Interrogation about similar events probably goes like this:

    FBI: Why’d u do it?

    FR bomber: “Islam.”

    FBI: *slams desk* “Don’t make me ask again!”

    FBI: “why’d u do it?”

    TN shooter: “t-e-r-r-o-r”

    FBI: “I can do this all day.”

    Shooter: “It was terrorism.”

    FBI: “Stop talking in puzzles!”

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Terrorists attacks just drive those on the left farther left, those on the right farther right.

    Right, John. Exactly my point. Each time we split apart a little more.

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm | Permalink
  5. Henry, Sadly, I think a large chunk of the GOP is just progressive-lite and won’t change much.

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    Yes, LB, at this point the strain within the GOP is as divisive as the polarization between the left and right in general. (That’s because so much of the GOP really isn’t of the ‘right’ at all.)

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Permalink
  7. pangur, Sad, but true. The FBI is bending over backwards to avoid calling it another Islamic terrorist attack. Sure, the workplace created a hostile and non-inclusive environment by having a “Christmas party”, thus “inciting” this workplace violence – there you go OEM, I gave you your leftist reasoning…

    Assuredly, the WH narrative writers need to script new talking points, as they pressure everyone in the administration to stick to that script. An IED factory in the garage – heck, no terrorism to see there….

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm | Permalink
  8. Malcolm says

    Let’s let sleeping dogs lie, here, folks, if you get my meaning. Much less work for me…

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm | Permalink
  9. Dom says

    Did you leave out the Coulter link?

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm | Permalink
  10. Whitewall says

    Dom, no it is included above.

    What was a bit disturbing was to hear a neighbor of these killers “saw something” going on in their garage. But our sick PC culture has silenced people’s common sense and rendered people mute. Advantage Islamists. Progressive policies and narratives can get us killed. Time for a change.

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  11. Progressive policies and narratives can get us killed. Time for a change.

    Exactly my point, Robert. Yes, LB and Malcolm, the GOP has its share of “progressive-lite”, but things being what they are (namely disgustingly warped), every little bit of change away from Leftist policy helps.

    I think it is a mistake to resign oneself to that trip in a handbasket. It is every normal citizen’s obligation to perform their duty on election day — vote against every f*cking Leftist. That’s my plan and I’m sticking to it.

    Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:19 pm | Permalink
  12. Whitewall says

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/12/ny-sheriff-after-san-bernardino-everyone-with-gun-permit-should-carry/

    “Aging ‘hippies’ in Woodstock, NY hardest hit”

    Posted December 4, 2015 at 8:02 am | Permalink
  13. pangur says

    “Each time we split apart a little more.”

    Why is this bad? Why is it that we should make common cause with our enemies?

    A longing for an America that no longer exists is at best sentimental, and at worst destructively futile. Time to move forward, and apart.

    Posted December 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  14. Malcolm says

    Pangur, I understand your point, and I agree that things are so badly ruined now that we will almost certainly have to go through a collapse and disaggregation before anything can be properly restored. Already we are in the early stages of a kind of civil war.

    You ask: “why is this bad”? A proper response deserves a post of its own.

    Posted December 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Permalink
  15. peter connor says

    Moslem aggression is only a symptom, the problem is treason in the ruling classes, MSMedia, academia and churches. Nature abhors a vacuum…The reclaiming of America, and western Europe, will involve getting rid of those traitors, followed by throwing the invaders out of the country…People don’t have the stomach for it yet, but eventually they will.

    Posted December 5, 2015 at 11:27 pm | Permalink