Glenn Reynolds is still awaiting answers from gun-control advocates Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg about the guns used by their security details in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. The silence is telling, for the political and media hysteria whipped up in the wake of the killings is mixed with equal parts bad faith and magical thinking. A healthy dollop of misinformation is overlaid on the bad faith. The magical thinking operates in its own reality without any need of the misinformation to support it.
Yesterday Meet the Press’s insufferable David Gregory made his own contribution to the mix, mocking NRA president Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards protect every school in America. Gregory’s interview of LaPierre is posted here. In the course of the interview Gregory suggested that armed guards might not be effective in preventing mass murders at school — “[w]hich is perhaps an interesting theoretical argument,” Daniel Halper allows, with this practical reservation:
But when it comes to Gregory’s own kids, however, they are secured every school day by armed guards.
The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends.
According to a scan of the school’s online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably armed.
Moreover, with the Obama kids in attendance, there is a secret service presence at the institution, as well.
We’re pretty sure that the Secret Service will continue to pack heat to protect the president despite the occasional failure of such protection to do the job. If the police officers of the elite Quaker day school are also packing heat, will they lay down their arms in support of the Gregory doctrine? Perhaps Glenn Reynolds will follow up with a question or two to clarify Gregory’s thinking via Twitter.
JOHN adds: There is much to be said on this issue, but the hypocrisy of the politicians and celebrities who themselves rely on armed security, while assuring the rest of us that the value of guns as weapons of self-defense is a myth, is one remarkable aspect of the story. This comes from InstaPundit, too; it originated on Facebook: