I meant to post earlier, but every time I've sat down to type since the last time I posted I've found myself unable to quite figure out how I wanted to go about telling a story I've been meaning to tell. I still haven't figured it out yet. But I do have something to fill the void.
The problem with listening to Sox games on the radio is that when the Sox aren't playing on WRKO, it's usually some jackass right wing talk radio host spouting bullshit. Which means that on occasion, that will be the ambient sound at my house. This particular occasion, I heard a painfully annoying voice mock those who perceived Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter, to also be a victim, using that as a jumping-off point to decrying liberalism as a mental disorder.
Which is exactly the sort of antic that defines Talkshow Conservatism; the prevalent variety of conservatism in Massachusetts. A talkshow conservative will mock you for the conclusion you draw, even if the relevant facts point directly to that conclusion. Another example of this is abstinence-only sex education (which thankfully was rejected in this state despite the fact that federal funding was lost as a result), which retains traction even though it's been proven ineffective.
Back to the point
There is no sane person who will try to deny the horrific nature of Seung-Hui Cho's actions. There is no one who will excuse him for them, or claim that he didn't get off more easily than he deserved by biting his own bullet.
But the facts remain that he was judged in court to be a danger to himself and others. He was not helped.
He was allowed to purchase the weapon that he used to end his life as well as the lives of his classmates, despite the law prohibiting this given the abovementioned judgment
He was a victim.
Not that I'm mourning him. But I can understand those who feel the need to.
And mocking the Virginia Tech students who did; who may themselves have lost friends in the shootings was, beyond all doubt, a total douchebag move.
I don't remember who the asshole was, nor do I wish to. But he might as well be every right wing radio host, because there are few who I think are above such a rant. The entire thing seemed to be a means of propping himself up as some hero of pundits, here to save us from such nonsense. The timbre of his voice was almost as patently offensive as the content. Come the revolution he'll be of first up against the wall. Given, it'd have to be a hell of a wall...