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Leave it to Tam

Hasn’t it been a sputteringly surreal experience, listening to sports commentators suddenly become “gun control” experts, just because one maladjusted, overly indulged thug … did what thugs do?

Leave it to Tam, Mistress of Snark, to know exactly how to respond.

(Side note: Why aren’t the “experts” calling just as loudly for compound bow control?)


  1. G.W.F.
    G.W.F. December 3, 2012 3:24 pm

    Meanwhile, on the same news day, you have Israel Keyes who also committed suicide after killing a woman (well and her husband…and some Barista…and maybe a few more). Thank goodness the guy showed the moral superiority to not use one of those nasty handguns and “chased her down, tackled her, sexually assaulted her, then strangled her to death.” I am sure more legislation around handguns is clearly the fix all to the problems of violence in America.

  2. Pat
    Pat December 3, 2012 3:57 pm

    Bob Costas is an idjit and a prig anyway.

    My questions concern the Wyoming incident. I wasn’t aware that the compound bow was a “type of crossbow.” I know there’s such a thing as a compound crossbow, but exactly which kind of bow was the guy using? (A compound bow seems pretty complicated to bring into a classroom and aim, unless I’m mistaken.)

    Also: why were the college students leaving the room? Why weren’t they helping the professor while he was grappling with his son? They weren’t young elementary school students, after all.

  3. Claire
    Claire December 3, 2012 4:37 pm

    Unfortunately, Costas wasn’t the only sports guy getting priggish about guns. Fox Sports of all places had one of their guys go all holy on the subject, too.

    Good question on the students. Maybe the dying teacher told them to run like hell; who knows? But in Wyoming, I’d expect some fight.

    G.W.F. — I read about Israel Keyes, too. Sounds as if killing himself was a great favor to the world.

  4. Matt, another
    Matt, another December 3, 2012 5:51 pm

    Maybe they should outlaw professional sports in order to make the world a safer place. Do it for the kids. They could televise the games played by prison teams.

  5. Bonnie
    Bonnie December 3, 2012 9:17 pm

    I, too, wondered why the students didn’t jump in to help. As old as I am, and in as horrible shape as I am, I still would have done something. Of course, I’m a natural buttinsky, but even a person that is not, it seems the right thing to do is to help someone in trouble.

  6. Claire
    Claire December 3, 2012 9:23 pm

    naturegirl — excellent find. I hope everybody reads that one. There’s still some sanity left in the media. And wow, even some respect for the Bill of Rights.

  7. naturegirl
    naturegirl December 4, 2012 2:09 am

    I know, I said wow a few times, too…..

    I’m currently learning about the legal side of carrying a gun. Sometimes it sounds contradicting and confusing as to what could possibly happen in the aftermath of an incident. However, a bow and arrow vs an unarmed person seems like better odds if one chooses to try to help. It’s sad to read that no one tried to help in the WY incident.

  8. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty December 4, 2012 9:45 am

    “(Side note: Why aren’t the “experts” calling just as loudly for compound bow control?)”

    Now, you just shush up there… don’t give these marooons any bright ideas!


    I always did wonder how getting one’s face on TV made one an instant “expert” on everything. 🙁

  9. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty December 4, 2012 9:49 am

    ” I know there’s such a thing as a compound crossbow, but exactly which kind of bow was the guy using?”

    So far, it’s not at all clear. Not sure it matters, really. Concealing any sort of bow and arrows seems really difficult… and one wonders why that was chosen… We may never know.

    “Also: why were the college students leaving the room?”

    Something many of us have asked over the last few days. Of course, they were all unarmed (one assumes) and conditioned to be helpless. I wonder if helping the instructor even crossed any of their minds. And, of course, this is the really pitiful part of the thing. So many unthinking, helpless victims in waiting. EVEN in Wyoming. Now that’s downright shameful.

  10. Ellendra
    Ellendra December 4, 2012 12:52 pm

    At least with a bow it’s easy to tell when the shooter is out of ammo.

    (Random observation of the day.)

  11. Claire
    Claire December 4, 2012 1:47 pm

    Alas, it seems that when the shooter didn’t find the bow useful any more, he finished his father (and himself) off with a knife.

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