Skip to comments.Bill Maher: Lack Of Government Health Care Leads To Crazy People Buying Guns
Posted on 01/15/2011 6:20:35 PM PST by markomalley
Like most of the media this week, Bill Maher and his Real Time panel last night spent a great deal of time trying to explain the reasons why the Arizona shootings last week occurred. And while it was clear that Jared Loughner committed the acts because of mental problems, the question was why people like him turn to violence in the first place. One suggestion Maher put on the table: Americas lack of universal health care.
The official topic at hand was gun control, and gun culture in certain parts of the country. Maher noted that it appears half the country is armed and half isnt, leading to a troubling cultural divide, and unevenly distributing violent crime. Looking for a different model, the panel turned toward Canada, which has strict but not entirely prohibitive gun laws and one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Thomson Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland brought her own personal experience to the debate, having been raised in Calgary, and pointing out that, despite people owning guns (including her dad), shootings are few and far between. Keeping with the Canada theme, she also noted that bank regulations had helped Canada avoid a problematic economic situation, and that they have government-subsidized health care.
Maher pounced on this last bit to return to the topic at hand, but didnt make the conventional connection. Many will argue that lack of adequate mental health services will keep a crazy person crazy, and thus in some cases attract them to violence and make them more likely to commit violent acts. From this skeleton of an argument, Maher constructs something slightly more elaborate, and significantly flimsier:
Because we dont have government health care thats one reason why a crazy person gets a gun, because, you know what? Its hard for a crazy person to get a job, so therefore its hard for a crazy person to get health care in a country that doesnt have government [health care].
The argument doesnt really speak to gun regulation at all so much as the desires of crazy people to pick up guns, so the panel steered towards debating mental health over gun control instead, but couldnt tie them together again the way Maher was attempting to.
Maher ranted on, “See, I even went out and bought one!”
The fact that liberals seem to encourage and enable psychosis doesn’t help much either.
If Bill Maher talks, then the public becomes more ignorant.
Bill Maher talks.
Therefore the public becomes more ignorant.
But what rational explanation is there for people watching Maher in the first place?
Bull****! Arizona has AHCCCS. (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System) Being unemployed is one way to become eligible for it. Maher needs to stick to telling his dumb jokes.
Do you think that much stupid hurts?
“”Americas lack of universal health care””
Boy! that ought to cover a host of problems in this country...it will work for the libs anyway until Maher thinks up a better reason.
Maher thinks the Tucson shooting was due to lack of free health care. At least one California university chancellor thinks it was caused by Arizona’s laws attempting to address their illegal aliens problem. Michelle Obama probably thinks it was caused by fast food ... the inmates really are running the asylum.
So is Maher saying that if the government would pay for it, he’d get mental health care?
Billy boy has never met a fallacy or leap of logic he didn’t like.
One of my all-time favorites was his “proof” that people in Socrates’ time lived longer than they do now because of the Mediterranean diet they lived on.
So Bill Maher is trying to rationalize the actions of a crazy person. Finally a topic on which he has some authority.
LOL...what a moron.
As Bill Buckley once said about a statement made by former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas: “If false analogies were horses sententious idiots might ride”.
Well, you start with a Saturday night and a cheap bottle of wine...
Although, in this case, it might be a little of both.
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