Words are actions, and actions have consequences

A talk-radio listener commits a mass murder at a Unitarian Church. I hope Hannity, O’Reilly, and Savage, whose tapes the killer had in his car, are happy with the results of their efforts.

Congratulations to Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and the justly-named Michael Savage. Way to go, fellas! Your relentless hate-campaign against liberals is paying real dividends.

Of course, if this had been an atheist or a Muslim shooting up a fundamentalist church rather than a wingnut shooting up a Unitarian church, Hannity, O’Reilly, and Savage would be screaming “terrorism.” But of course if an Amurrican kills a liberal, that’s not terrorism; that’s patriotism.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com