In that kind of stupid, people may be perfectly capable of feeding themselves and getting to the bathroom in a timely manner. They may be able to file for disability payments and watch porn and comment anonymously on the Internet and spell many words correctly. But for some reason, the willfully stupid person will not acknowledge anything that might compromise the solipsistic world view formed during adolescence. Rather than interpret events, he simply denies they happened. To the willfully stupid person, there are no facts. There is only mulish belief.
I use the pronoun “he” here because I’m assuming that all the mouth-breathers now denying that the Newtown massacre ever occurred are men. Have you noticed this? On every news story about the massacre, an increasing number of online commenters seem convinced that “the government” staged the massacre as a pretext for seizing guns. It’s getting worse: Now the guy who sheltered some Sandy Hook students on the day of the shooting is being attacked as a dupe, a paid participant in an elaborate hoax. At some point there will be threats on his life. People whose world centers on paranoia and semiautomatic firearms tend to be that way.
People like this, the sames ones who believe 9/11 was inside job and that Americans never reached the moon, are way beyond the reach of logical argument. They posit a government ruthless enough to kill thousands to further a murky political agenda, yet never wonder why the same government would balk at killing all the pudgy dorks — that is, themselves — who keep spilling the beans on the Internet. They support our troops in one breath and then threaten to kill any troops who get between them and their Bushmasters. They reject all laws until it’s time to sue somebody. They are kingdoms unto themselves, but they are willing to accept government benefits and government protection. Above all, they wish to remain anonymous.
Nothing to be done about it, really. I’m just venting here. I’m imagining being the parent of one of those slain Newtown children and reading that it didn’t really happen. Wouldn’t that create a certain amount of rage?
There is a lot of room for reasoned debate on limiting the lethality of weapons available to civilians. At the very least, we should figure out a way to keep military weapons away from the certifiably insane. And the people who are saying Newtown didn’t happen are certainly part of that group. If there was ever a compelling argument for gun control, these people are it.