by Mel Griffith
Echoes from the last shots at Virginia Tech had hardly died away before Rosie O'Donnell, Sen. Boxer and other gun control nuts slithered out from under their rocks to make their customary announcement that it wasn't really the fault of the homicidal manic who did it, it was all the gun's fault. They are sure that if only we would take guns away from the good people so that only bad people would have them, violence would vanish and the world would be perfect. This despite consistent statistics which show that the tighter the gun laws, the higher the crime rate. The cause of this is easily understood. Criminals are much bolder when the government guarantees them that potential victims are unarmed. Trying to rob a victim who is well armed may prove hazardous to a criminal's health.
Of course, in the make-believe world in which the anti-gun nuts live, bad folks don't have guns, either. In their dream world criminals who don't mind at all that murder, robbery, and rape are illegal, would be very worshipful of a law that said they couldn't have a gun and would promptly throw them away and only attack their victims with knives and ball bats. Some of us less sophisticated folk doubt that, especially since many of the criminals with guns already have them illegally, having been convicted of felonies earlier in their crime career.
If the gun control folks are serious, Fat Rosie can get rid of the armed guards who follow her as she waddles around, and Sen. Boxer can try to take the guns away from the swarm of guards in and around the capital. But, you see, the rules are only for us unimportant people who don't matter. Rosie and the senator are much too important to be bothered with the rules they want to impose on the rest of us. Indeed, hypocrisy seems to be in high fashion among our so-called leaders. Take Governor Corzine of New Jersey. He is a liberal who thinks the government should run everybody's life. Seems he was cruising down the highway at 91 miles per hour without his seatbelt on in flagrant violation of New Jersey law. Just in case breaking two laws at once didn't show sufficient contempt for the law and the ordinary people who have to obey it, he was also using emergency flashing lights, a third violation, because there was no emergency. His Honor was just on the way to do a little political grandstanding at a meeting he didn't really need to be at. While sailing down the highway with no fear of New Jersey laws he was supposed to be obeying, he ran afoul of the laws of physics. One of them says that if you run into something at 90 miles an hour without a seatbelt you may break something besides the speed limit and the seatbelt law. The governor ought to have the decency to resign in disgrace or be impeached, but a more likely outcome is that he will just use a few of his many millions to buy the next election, just like the previous ones, and be easily reelected.
While we are on hypocrites, we can't forget our friend and Savior of the Environment, Al Gore. Seems that Al is setting a proper example of frugal living by having only four mansions, one of which uses twenty times the energy of the average house. He also finds it necessary to flit about the country in a private jet to avoid rubbing elbows with the common sort of folk who fly commercial. Al explained that it's all OK because he leads a "carbon neutral" life. Put simply, that means he is supposedly paying someone to use less resources than they are entitled to so he can keep on living large. That's like paying someone to repent of your sins while you go on practicing them. By the same reasoning an alcoholic could solve his problem by paying some people not to drink while he kept on guzzling. The average alcohol consumption of the group would be perfectly reasonable.
The next time Al tells us to sacrifice for the good of the environment, just remember that if you have fewer than four homes and are tooling around in a Hummer instead of taking a private jet, you are already doing more for it than he is.