Oh well, Dan Rodricks
“This effin’ country and its effin’ guns.”
That was one of Baltimore Sun columnist, and WYPR radio host Dan Rodricks’ initial tweets in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tucson Arizona this weekend. The alleged shooter, the mentally troubled Jared Lee Loughner, left six dead in his wake including a nine-year old girl, federal judge John Roll along with leaving congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, fighting for her life.
Even before we knew whether Giffords was alive or dead, Rodricks wasted no time exploiting the tragedy for political purposes. While, I’m not naive enough to think that the left wouldn’t move to make political hay out of this, I was amazed at the speed with which the they moved to blame the crime on the political rhetoric of the right, and people like Rodricks sought to exploit it for their pet causes.
In an ideal world we would all heed the calls of moderation by those who castigate both sides for assigning or deflecting blame. However, Rodricks and the left started this by slandering the right and using the incident for political advantage, and those of us on the right should feel no compunction to respond.
It’s not a secret Rodricks is no fan of the second amendment. Rodricks consistently places the blame for senseless gun violence on the lack of gun control laws and the constitutional right to bear arms, rather than on the criminals who perpetrate the crime.
For Rodricks there is no constitutional protection worth preserving in order to reach the sunny uplands of his ideal society. Nor is the evidence that gun bans lead to increased gun crime an impediment for Rodricks, or that lawful gun ownership stop crime.
It is also worth noting that Giffords is a staunch advocate for second amendment rights. She proudly signed an amicus brief in Heller case overturning the District of Columbia’s gun ban.
Rodricks outbursts are nothing more than what Lionel Trilling called, “irritable mental gestures, which seek to resemble ideas.”
Still, I have no doubt Rodricks will—without any sense of shame—pen another inane column waving the bloody shirt calling for a ban on guns.