On 'Newsnight' last night, the impeccably coiffed Gavin Esler began the report into the Virgina Tech mass shootings by pronouncing, in that inimitable Ulster-Scots twang, that the shooter had 'exercised his consitutional right to bear arms'.
If, as has been reported in some quarters, the mass murderer was a Chinese national, he wasn't exercising his own constitutional right to bear arms - he was in fact exercising somebody else's.
The bedwetting British left has predictably got its Pampers in a twist about the idea that people can use guns to kill other people. Even the Daily Telegraph has got in on the act.
But the idea that immigrants can do a bad thing, any bad thing, is anathema to opinion-formers - they rush to blame the guns he used to kill, not the immigrant's own hideous, warping hatred. They rush to blame the university authorities - as if journalists have any have any experience of trying to organise the mass evacuation of approximately 8,000 very frightened people from a small area while under fire. The idea that the resulting stampede might have caused an even higher death toll doesn't cross their minds - coming from a culture where it's apparently legal for a crook to bounce cheques and then sue to claim back the resulting bank charges, their absolute (and unjustified) belief in their own competence means they have developed a correspondingly absolute lack of humility.
I have no intention of going to London for the forseeable future; principally because I don't think I'd feel safe there unless I'd be able to defend myself.