The Isla Vista massacre on May 23 was followed by bad reporting and worse punditry. So, in my Townhall column this weekend, I ask a few questions.
Please click on over, then come back here for more food for thought. In particular:
The bad police work prior to the murder spree elicited an interesting article in the Washington Post.
The folks at Pajamas Media decry all the bad punditry (I agree, I’m with ’em) but seem to believe that the cause of the spree murderer was “mental illness,” which I’m not at all sure is correct, or gets us anywhere near we want to be:
The idea, floated by Tammy Bruce, that parents of adults who seem to be going off their rockers should have the authority to place those offspring into “some kind of psychiatric hold for some period of time” might be initially attractive to frightened parents, but seems built for horrendous consequences.
Of course, the commentator off-set made the perhaps most cogent point: an armed citizenry is better than anything else. It’s the lack of any expected defense that allowed this latest murderer to feel safe in proceeding to kill as many as he could. He admitted this in his manifesto. He selected targets on the basis of expected lack of defensive weaponry.
For a different form of punditry — indeed, for a truly detailed analysis of the “psycho killer” — see this long presentation by Stefan Molyneux:
I’m still watching this. Halfway through.