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Mark Steyn Slimes Victims & Survivors of VA Tech Shooter

Reported by Marie Therese - April 20, 2007 -

Honestly I am beyond speechless at how FOX News Vice President Neil Cavuto used the tragedy in Virginia to advance an anti-academic agenda. Yesterday he interviewed conservative Canadian pundit Mark Steyn, a man who appears to worship at The Church of the All-Powerful Gun and allowed his guest to vilify all of the young men in America's colleges and universities for a lack of "testosterone." Steyn said that America's schools are hotbeds of passivity and praised the few instances where students and/or teachers used guns to fight off an attack similar to the one that recently occurred at VA Tech. With video.

The sad fact is that Steyn is not alone in his hatred for America's young men.

One of our readers, Jason Baxter, has compiled a list of outrageous quotes made by Neal Boortz, Michelle Malkin, etc. It was culled it from several sites, including Media Matters. (His list is reprinted in its entireity below the video.)

In addition, because he is disgusted by the way these conservatives are using the dead to advance their agendas, Jason went to a great deal of trouble to generate a list of the contact information for the corporations that support those who, as he puts it, "spit on the dead bodies" of the victims at VA Tech.

We encourage all of you to take a few minutes to contact one or more of these advertisers, reference the offending quotation and express your point of view.

By the way, here's where you can contact FOX News Vice President for Business Neil Cavuto, if you wish to register a complaint about his support of Mark Steyn and his insulting remarks about America's young men.

cavuto@foxnews.com

Perhaps both Cavuto and Steyn - who are rich and middle-aged - are jealous of the younger men because they mourn for a youth and vitality they can't ever have again? How else does one explain the ridiculous content of the the video below?

Oh, yes. Another thing. Your World with Neil Cavuto is supposed to be a BUSINESS show with lots of information about how the stock markets are doing.

Yeah, sure! When pigs fly!


NEAL BOORTZ: "How the hell do 25 students allow themselves to be lined up against the wall in a classroom and picked off one by one? How does that happen, when they could have rushed the gunman, the shooter, and most of them would have survived?" In his April 18 program notes, Boortz added: "It seems that standing in terror waiting for your turn to be executed was the right thing to do, and any questions as to why 25 students didn't try to rush and overpower Cho Seung-Hui are just examples of right wing maniacal bias. Surrender -- comply -- adjust. The doctrine of the left. ... Even the suggestion that young adults should actually engage in an act of self defense brings howls of protest.

In the April 17 edition of his program notes, Boortz had similarly asked: "Why didn't some of these students fight back? How in the hell do you line students up against a wall (if that's the way it played out) and start picking them off one by one without the students turning on you? You have a choice. Try to rush the killer and get his gun, or stand there and wait to be shot. I would love to hear from some of you who have insight into situations such as this. Was there just not enough time to react? Were they paralyzed with fear? Were they waiting for someone else to take action? Sorry ... I just don't understand."

MICHELLE MALKIN: "There's no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and universities have become coddle industries," she begins (as if she's ever thought about a polite time or way to say anything). She continues: "Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance. And as the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense."

MARK STEYN: In his April 18 National Review column, Steyn suggested that Virginia Tech students were guilty of an "awful corrosive passivity" that is "an existential threat to a functioning society." "when one man is able to kill dozens of people in the same location over a period of several hours, that reflects a systemic failure." Steyn continued: "So we need to understand what caused that failure. And I think part of the problem is a general culture of passivity, which Virginia Tech exemplifies." "They're not 'children.' The students at Virginia Tech were grown women and -- if you'll forgive the expression -- men."

JOHN DERBYSHIRE (British, naturalized citizen, conservative writer for National Review among others): "Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn't anyone rush the guy? It's not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness' sake -- one of them reportedly a .22." At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him. Handguns aren't very accurate, even at close range. I shoot mine all the time at the range, and I still can't hit squat. I doubt this guy was any better than I am. And even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damage—your chances aren't bad."

KATHY SHAIDLE (Canadian conservative Roman Catholic author, columnist and poet): "Something is clearly wrong with the men in our culture." I've said this myself about the Montreal Massacre: most Canadians saw the shooter's actions as an indictment of most men; I saw the male students' meekness in the same way. Remember: when we say "we don't know what we'd do under the same circumstances", we make cowardice the default position. At least show a smidgen of bravery and say "I", rather than "we." “Andrea writes: People wonder why so many apparently meekly lined up for their "execution style" deaths. I don't -- I've had the same public school education everyone else has. Americans are taught to line up and obey authority from the cradle. Only the fast-fading grip of our native orneriness and individuality keeps us from doing this in every aspect of life, but I notice that nowadays we only remember our freedom to act when it has something to do with our personal pleasure (who we have sex with, what we watch on tv, etc.) When it comes to life-and-death situations, we form orderly groups.” And then she goes on to convert the Jewish Professor who survived the holocaust and kept his Jewish faith "I feel that an act such as this, which is to show the love that is the greatest, is an act of martyrdom, whereas this man, who may not have been Christian by faith through his life, has been baptised in his blood, by following the natural law in his heart."

NATHANEAL BLAKE (Oregon State University microbiology student, writer for Townhall, Liberty & Human Events): "College classrooms have scads of young men who are at their physical peak, and none of them seems to have done anything beyond ducking, running, and holding doors shut."

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