I always hate the way the media and the lobbyists behave after a shooting. About 15 minutes after a shooting you can expect that a gun control lobby will hold a press conference pushing for stronger regulations. About 7.5 minutes after that, the NRA will have a rebuttal. A little while later some right wing Christian group will show up to explain that this is all because we took prayer out of schools.
I know the lobbies pretty much have to do this. It’s their job after all. And the media probably feels that it’s their job to publicize the debate. But it always feels so rote and repetitive, and so opportunistic as well. When the situation is horrible, the people who jump in to press their political agendas look like vultures even if their intentions are good.
Recently a young man named Christopher Lane was shot and killed in Oklahoma. Three young men have been arrested for the crime. There’s been a lot of acrimony because two of the shooters were black, which has led some right-wing sources to turn Lane into the anti-Trayvon. Also, it was initially alleged that the shooters committed the crime just for the fun of it. It’s started the usual arguments over the morals of American youth.
This set up the worst vulture I’ve ever seen. Worst is multiple ways. She’s Janet Morana, director of the anti-abortion group Priests for Life. Obviously she was looking for a way to tie her agenda to the shooting. This was her hook:
First of all, we have to start with the fact that since 1973…. These kids are survivors. They could have been aborted. And that’s a fact. And people don’t realize. They’re post-Roe v Wade, and therefore there’s a thing called “survivor syndrome.” There’s a psychiatrist up in Canada, Dr. Philip Ney, has studied this for decades and shown the effect. Just the fact that you could have been aborted can affect you as a survivor of Roe v Wade.
(Hattip to Amanda Marcotte)
…. So every child born after 1973 – myself included – is suffering from survivor’s guilt? Excuse me? Never mind the implausibility of it, how exactly does a condition that usually leads to depression cause someone to commit murder?
Incidentally, Dr. Philip Ney is the head, and possibly the only member, of the Christian Heritage Party in Canada. Just judging from the website it’s the canuck equivalent of a fringe “Take Back America for JESUS” party.