Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

February 1, 2006

Latest Advance in Gender Equality!

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:57 pm

In a story on the recent postal shooting in Santa Barbara, MSNBC notes:

Monday night, [Jennifer] Sanmarco fatally shot six postal employees at the mail processing plant before committing suicide in what is believed to be the deadliest workplace shooting by a woman.

Finally, women have broken the male monopoly on mass workplace shootings!

I wonder what NOW is going to say about that. After all, we know what they said about the previous great icon of feminism, Andrea Yates.

By the way, I suppose it would be churlish to point out to gun-control advocates that this happened in (1) a state with strict gun-control laws, including (2) a 15-day waiting period for the purchase of a handgun, during which there is supposed to be (3) a background check to make sure that people with a history of mental illness like hers are supposed to be prevented from buying a gun, and and (4) in a facility — a post office — in which carrying a gun without authorization is a federal crime.

None of that stopped Jennifer Sanmarco — because after all, if you are going to kill yourself right after committing the crimes, what difference does it make that the crims are punishable by jail time? However, gun-control laws could well have prevented any of the other employees from having a gun at work like people can in 38 other states, and they might have been able to stop the rampage sooner.

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