…E.J. Dionne gets it precisely, exactly, dead-nuts-on 180 degrees wrong:
The truth is that the Newtown slaughter has finally moved the gun debate away from irrational emotions…We are riding a wave of reason.
Really? Then why does Joe Biden feel the need to drag his wife and daughter into this, waving their bloody shirts when they weren’t even killed with guns? Never mind the whole slouching-towards-tyranny aspect of this. The fact of the matter is that reason still has yet to enter the debate here. After all — even if he had not had a semiautomatic rifle with standard-capacity magazines, even if he had just his pistol with restricted-capacity magazines, the odds are that the Sandy Hook killer would have killed just as many people. How so?
Nobody would have done a damn thing to stop him then, either — that’s how. They all would have cowered under the tables still, paralyzed with fear, waiting on the police under their tables as they wondered if they’d be the next one to die. It’s just another consequence of outsourcing everything, including personal protection — i.e., instead of, say, teachers and administrators coming up with a coordinated plan to be their own first responders in a situation like this, they sit and wait on other people with guns to show up, again, wondering who’s going to be the next to die.
And it’s nice to see Dionne, once again, pooh-poohing real-life concerns as “paranoia.” I’m sure the folks who survived the L.A. riots and Hurricane Katrina, among other things — or, say, the families of Kathryn Johnston and Jose Guerena, among others — will certainly appreciate Dionne’s assessment of them.