I have been a longtime critic of the fatuous claim that those whom the nation’s madmen admire are somehow culpable for their actions. It was ridiculous when the Beatles were blamed for Charles Manson’s behavior; it was ridiculous when Sarah Palin was blamed for Jared Lee Loughner’s behavior; and it was ridiculous when the Southern Poverty Law Center was blamed for the shooting at the Family Research Council. It would be equally ridiculous to blame Piers Morgan or gun controllers or the left-leaning media or anyone else named in Christopher J. Dorner’s rambling manifesto for what he did in California. As I wrote last year in defense of the execrable SPLC, whose “hate map” was allegedly followed by Floyd Corkins, the FRC shooter:
The social compact does not allow room for violence against those with whom one disagrees, regardless of how worked up talk-radio hosts may get about a particular topic. In America, killers and would-be killers are responsible for their own actions, and they should be held accountable for them. After all, words don’t pull triggers: People do.