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When it comes to tragedies, who needs facts?
July 20, 2012 - Andy Gray
I like to think that facts used to matter. Up is up, down is down and if you present a group with 1 + 1, everyone will agree it adds up to 2.
Maybe that’s naïve. But it certainly isn’t true anymore. The shooting overnight in Colorado at a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” is the latest example.
At 10:30 a.m. Friday as I type this, we don’t know much. But already people are taking those few kernels of information and shaping them to their own agenda.
Pro-gun folks are saying if someone with a conceal-carry permit was there, this all could have been stopped. Anti-gun folks are using the murders as proof that we need stricter gun laws to keep semi-automatic weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.
The chorus that comes out against violence in movies and video games already is singing. Some are blaming Rush Limbaugh for his ridiculous comments that the villain is named “Bane” to draw a mental parallel between his villainy and Mitt Romney’s corporation Bain Capital.
And I’m sure, somehow, it’s all Obama’s fault. Or Bush's.
The sad thing is, as more information becomes available in the hours and days ahead, the people who already have decided what caused this tragedy won’t change their minds. They’ll just change the facts to fit their argument.
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