But you can bet, had the Harveys been shot instead of stabbed, the Times would have been all over it. How do I know? Because I predicted this:
'Pop!' goes the illusion of gun safetyYou're wondering what a firearm being accidentally discharged has to do with a university's right to void the Second Amendment to the Constitution? Beat's me. I thought the Times would come out with the tired refrain "We need more gun control." I thought too highly of the folks working there, I guess. Instead we get some goofy attempt at linkage to legislation relating to colleges and firearms bans.
Gun-rights advocates should be chastened by an accidental shooting that did nothing worse than embarrass one of their own.
The Roanoke Times
A shaken and embarrassed Del. Jack Reid got an unwanted lesson Thursday morning in just how fast and unintentionally gun accidents can happen when his own .380 semiautomatic handgun discharged while he was trying to unload it -- in his legislative office, in the General Assembly Building, at one of its busiest times of day.
Fellow legislators were forgiving -- members applauded after his apology on the House floor. And the incident quickly became grist for the Capitol's black humor mill -- don't invite Reid to take his best shot in the General Laws Committee, which he chairs, wags joked.
But while forgiveness is certainly in order for so unintentional and unforeseen an accident, forgetfulness is not.
State lawmakers should remember it well when they consider legislation that would deny universities the authority to prohibit guns on campuses. And they should rethink their own stubborn insistence on allowing guns in the Capitol complex. (link)
The point is, like Pavlov's dog that was trained to salivate whenever a bell rang (link), the Roanoke Times editorialists can be counted on, whenever a firearms related story hits the news, to trot out some column decrying the prevalence of small arms in our society and demanding ... something.
The Harvey murder didn't make the bell ring, it seems.
So predictable. And in this case, so strange.