(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Saturday, January 11, 2003

I'd been trying to figure out exactly what this nouveau-gun-lover/anti-government-yet-jingoistic mantra "A pack not a herd" meant, having seen the phrase from time to time on the Instapundit site. Now I know: it means "I think it's really cool that an old storeowner with a shotgun killed a guy after the guy and his buddies had robbed the store with no apparent injury to anyone and were on their way out the door." Now of course I don't know all the facts, to formulate a well-considered opinion as to whether the store-owner's actions were wise, or were cowboy stupidity resulting in unwarranted death. And you know what? Neither does the Instapundit. This is the essential problem with Instapunditry: by the very nature of "insta"-ness, it involves pretending that you know enough to say something useful, when you really don't.

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