Lunacy Run Amok

The inmates have taken over the asylum, and the rest of us are in peril. Early this morning, Vesper Lee Flanagan turned on his Go Pro Hero POV camera and videoed himself gunning down a 24-year-old TV reporter, Alison Parker, her cameraman Adam Ward, and the lady the reporter was interviewing, Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams while a reporter, later turned his gun on himself and is now dead.

Before the bodies were even chilled in the morgue, before the blood and evidence had been collected and cleaned from the crime scene, gun control troglodytes like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and presidential spokesman Josh Earnest were pining for and claiming “I told you so” regarding infringing on Second Amendment rights. Of course, they don’t call it an infringement—mercy no—it is nothing more innocuous than “common sense” efforts to keep prohibited persons from obtaining firearms.

As I type this ABC News has let it be known that it has a 23-page manifesto supposedly written by Flanagan and faxed to the organization sometime after the shooting. ABC has only released snippets of the rant, and it remains to be seen whether it will release the entire document without any redactions. Talking bobble-heads on the various news organizations are chattering like a school of dolphins begging for a fish about the minutiae of the shooting, the mental state of Flanagan and how unfortunate and cowardly legislators are for not jumping through their rear ends to enact whatever the gun prohibitionists deem appropriate.

Flanagan has a long history of problematical behavior, proclaiming his lack of success in television broadcasting to be a result of racism, sexual harassment—he apparently was an outspoken homosexual—and the killing of the nine church members in the Charleston, SC, shooting on June 17. By all accounts he was at the very least a disturbed man. Apparently, he had recently been fired from the same television station (WDBJ) that the journalists were employed by. He had hopped from one television station to another throughout the southeast, while submitting complaints or filing lawsuits regarding discrimination against many of those employers. None were found credible.

A friend of mine who is a retired law enforcement officer with a lot of firearms experience noted that numerous law enforcement officer have been videoed getting gunned down and the public just wrings their collective hands for a moment; then return to their precious and precocious lives. But this admittedly horrific event gets wall-to-wall coverage until some other tragedy bumps it out of the newsfeed.

I see this a bit differently. Flanagan was more than just a disturbed and disgruntled loser employee. He was consumed with anger, evil and self-absorption. The talking bobble-heads are equally self-absorbed, frenetically seeking some crumb of information that will turn into a diamond and vault themselves into a lap-of-luxury success. And the masses, the great unwashed, are so consumed with themselves, they figure that an “Oh, that’s so terrible. Someone needs to pass a law!”—the equivalent of a cheap sympathy card—covers themselves and their civic duty.

All of this plays right into the hands of those despicable people who relentlessly covet power over the populace. The McAuliffes, Clintons, Obamas, et al, are people who wholly and enthusiastically embrace the mantra of “The end justifies the means.” They are thugs. The only things that matter to these people is what they can take from others—their treasure, their freedoms and that which can be used to prevent the takers from achieving their objectives.

I would offer that people had better do some real self-examination regarding their values and responsibilities. The notion of parroting a flippant remark and moving on does nothing to repair what is obviously a foundational flaw in the character of the people. To continue this denial of the truth will pave the way to enslavement.

Dave Campbell
Dave Campbell began his hunting career with a spear off the southern California coast in the late 1960s. It did not take long for him to graduate to the gun on land. Campbell is the founding editor in chief of the NRA’s tremendously successful Shooting Illustrated magazine. In 2006 he also edited the iconic book of terminal ballistics, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter—A Definitive Study. He returned to his beloved Wyoming in 2007 as a freelance writer, though he usually refers to himself now as a “recovering editor.”

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