In the wake of the killing spree of Elliot Rodger, progressives are up to their old tricks. Exhibiting the “never let a good crisis go to waste” mentality for which they are known, they seek to advance their agenda on the graves of victims of a sick, evil individual. “It’s the gun’s fault!” “It’s society’s fault because society is misogynistic!” Lather, rinse, repeat. It’s the same tired song blasting from the iPods of progressives who see events of this sort not as tragedies, but as opportunities – ones they wait for with bated breath.
If I were a cynical person I might reply with a bit of dissection when it comes to their arguments, and an alternate theory that takes the accusatory finger at which they love to point toward conservatives and find it a mirror. It would go something like this…
Jessica Valenti of the Guardian wants to head the idea of individual responsability off at the pass, writing “According to his family, Rodger was seeking psychiatric treatment. But to dismiss this as a case of a lone "madman" would be a mistake.”
Why? Well, she continues, “It not only stigmatizes the mentally ill – who are much more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it – but glosses over the role that misogyny and gun culture play (and just how foreseeable violence like this is) in a sexist society. After all, while it is unclear what role Rodger's reportedly poor mental health played in the alleged crime, the role of misogyny is obvious.”
Obvious, is it?
Yes, the mentally ill are a high percentage of the victims of violence. But when it comes perpetrators of mass killings, they’re pretty much it. Not too many well-adjusted, friendly, functioning people committing them. It’s the equivalent of the kindergarten-level progressive claim that it’s Islamophibic to point out the fact that while very few Muslims are terrorists, most suicide bombers are believers in Islam. (Say that too loudly and Arianna Huffington’s head implodes.) It’s an inconvenient fact to progressives, who would rather spend their time drawing moral equivalence between history’s greatest monsters and the Tea Party, but their dislike of a fact doesn’t make it any less of one.