I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass. We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.
Democratic member of the Virginia state Assembly
September 4, 2015
Renewed calls for gun control laws spurring gun sales
[This guy is saying “we need to do something” in response to an incident even when everyone knows what is being suggested we do would not have made any difference whatsoever. What I want to know is how he determines “need”. Furthermore I want to know how he determines truth from falsity and right from wrong. As far as I’m concerned he just gave the world conclusive evidence he can’t be trusted driving a car, possessing matches, or even being a greeter at Wal-Mart.
There are two options here.
One option is that he is incapable of rational thought. With a mind this irrational I have no model of how to predict he might act in everyday circumstances. Suppose he says, “Hello. Welcome to Wal-Mart” and you go off script by asking, “Do you have a restroom I may use?” I have no idea what his response will be. “He has to do something” even if it cannot possibly appropriately address the issue, is totally unworkable, costs millions of dollars every year, and is unconstitutional.
The other options is that he is evil and his mindset is, “We must never let a crisis go to waste.” If this is the case he should be disbarred from all public office and prevented from ever being in a management position of, well, anything other than wiping his own ass.
I think we need background checks for public servants. If they have ever said something this stupid and/or evil they should not be allowed on a government payroll. Perhaps they could trusted to sweep sidewalks in the private sector, if they had careful supervision.—Joe]