Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra had a way with words and phrases
that simultaneously defied logic and English grammar. What endures from
his prolific one-liners, and endears him to most of us, are the pearls
of wisdom cleverly hidden in his perpetual combinations of non-sequiturs
and impossibly mixed metaphors.
One such Berra phrase, “déjà vu all over again,” accurately describes
the repetitive, inaccurate, dishonest, illogical, and unconstitutional
rhetoric that inevitably follows any incident in which a villain, thug,
psychopath, sociopath, schizophrenic, or otherwise evil or vengeful
person uses a gun to kill at least three people, especially if those
victims are children.
Ironically, the same rhetoric doesn’t seem to apply to terrorists,
whose weapons of choice include knives, pressure cooker bombs,
automobiles, box cutters, and airplanes. Acts of terrorism inflicting
maximum injury and death upon innocent masses seem immune from calls for
“control” of the tools of the terrorist’s trade.
And yet, every shooting incident taking place at a soft target
(schools, malls, movie theaters, restaurants, busy sidewalks, concert
venues, etc.) incites an uproar of demands from the left for new and
stricter gun laws that even opponents often admit would not have
prevented the incident.