Yesterday the Internet lit up with news that an active shooter had entered the headquarters of YouTube in California.
But if her weapon of choice — an illegal handgun — fits the norm for an attack like this, the shooter herself didn’t. I mean, first of all, she’s a woman — a 39 year old vegan bodybuilder animal rights activist. From Iran.
She attacked YouTube because she hated YouTube, even though she was a YouTube star, at least in her own mind.
She said they were suppressing her truth, they were discriminating against her. And she had some proof: detailed reports showing that YouTube was playing her videos hundreds of thousands of times — but only paid her 10 cents in ad money.
What’s the answer here?
I know our friends on the left hate guns, and wish they simply went away.
But the answer isn’t a dream-like fantasy of making all the guns go away, or hoping and wishing that criminals will read the “gun free zone” signs and abandon their evil plans.
There is no total answer. Good and evil are in everyone’s hearts, and we all have to govern ourselves every day, and we need laws to govern those who can’t govern themselves, but those laws are in the context of a free society, where you ought to have the right to rant and rave, and be a bit kooky, and be offensive too.
But if our systems miss a shooter like this, I hate to say it folks, but allowing ordinary citizens to protect themselves is the only way. We’ll never have the total feeling of safety and security that Bette Midler demands — that’s impossible, even for her, with her armed guards. But disarming the rest of us, as Canada is half-done doing, that’s no answer either.