MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, journalistic giant that he is, had an ‘interesting’ take on the bombs discovered in New York and New Jersey last month. On September 19th, not long after the New Jersey bombs detonated injuring 30 people, Hayes tweeted out this sagacious observation to his lucky followers: “We’re also very very lucky that the attackers tried to use explosives rather than guns.”
Surely this objective pillar of journalistic integrity (tee hee, I giggle just writing that now oxymoronic phrase) would never let his anti-gun bias interfere with his reasoning…would he? Had the 5K race in New Jersey not been postponed and had the bombs been ‘properly’ placed, they would likely have killed many dozens of innocent bystanders. In any case, the perpetrator, Ahmad Rahami, was captured following a gunfight with police.
Hayes may have been ‘bombed’ himself when composing that tweet. Let’s bring his ‘logic’ to bear on other historic acts of violence, shall we?
Headline, December 8th, 1941: “Japs Bomb Pearl Harbor, But At Least They Didn’t Use Guns.” Hmm.
When Hiroshima and Nagasaki were incinerated ending World War II, I don’t recall Hirohito or Hideki Tojo exclaiming “At least they didn’t use guns!”
February 26th, 1993: Al Qaeda exploded a 1,200 pound bomb in a Ryder truck that caused a 100- foot by 200-foot crater several stories deep in the World Trade Center, killing 6 people and injuring more than 1,000. I still recall the palpable sense of relief the country felt when it was revealed that no guns were used in the massacre. (Bombs were illegal then. Ryder trucks still aren’t illegal).
On September 11th, 2001, terrorists hijacked multiple jet airliners using box-cutters, and flew two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 men, women and children. But we were very, very lucky indeed that they didn’t try to use guns!
If there had been someone on those flights with a gun, all the carnage could have been avoided.
And, if there were objective mainstream journalists that mainly cared about the truth, perhaps the ‘fundamental devastation’ of the United States of America could be avoided, as well.
Agate Hunter- 10/27/2016
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