“They invent ways of doing evil,” wrote the Apostle Paul. Over the weekend we had a prime example of what he was talking about: the mass murder of 100 people, mostly teenagers, at a summer camp in Norway and a government building in downtown Oslo.
Yes, the man had so-called “right-wing” views about Muslims and immigration and the left will try to use this tragedy to discredit them. But then the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, had views that paralleled those of Al Gore on the environment, so what’s the point? Many have “views.” Not all of them kill people.
The police took 90 minutes to reach the island. By then, the damage had been done, suppose someone else on the island had been armed and could have quickly stopped this mad man? The left hates the idea of an armed citizenry, but a trained and responsible person with a firearm could have stopped the shooter, as one might have in so many other places now known by their names or places like Columbine and Virginia Tech.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.
This article published July 25, 2011.