What happened in Washington D.C. today (12 dead, apparently at the hands of a disgruntled employee) is desperately sad. I just want to ask two questions and comment on two things.
First question: Was the shipyard a gun-free zone? And even if it wasn’t would it have mattered considering reports that the shooter apparently hid himself up high to start the shooting.
Second question: Would gun control have kept the shooter’s guns away from him? (I don’t know what guns he used or how he got them.)
First comment: It took seconds for some Hollywood has-been to demand gun control. It seems to be that, until one answers my first two questions, any cries for gun control are premature.
Second comment: How dumb, really, does one have to be to work at CNN. I bet that all of you, when you first heard the shipyard story today, instantly thought of the Fort Hood massacre. For at least one MSM talking head, though, the little bit of workplace jihad never happened:
CAROL COSTELLO: I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility.
BRIAN TODD: Yes.
COSTELLO: Have you ever heard of it happening before, Brian?
TODD: I’m sorry, Carol. I missed that question. Could you repeat it please?
COSTELLO: I was just saying that this is so unusual, because this is such a heavily-secured military facility. I’ve worked in Washington for many years, I’ve never heard of such a thing happening.
TODD: Well, we haven’t either in this area, Carol. This is the first time we’ve seen something like this, at least in many, many years. Now you remember the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, where that was a member of the service who was convicted eventually of doing that shooting.
It’s almost embarrassing to show that much ignorance in public.
UPDATE: Charles C.W. Cooke has a good discussion about gun control and the shooting. He answers my question, which is whether the gun control laws the gun haters demand would have changed anything. Are you surprised that the answer is “no”?