Tuesday, April 17, 2007

John Derbyshire, Kick-Boxing Dinosaur

Today's "Worst Person in the World," self-defense expert John Derbyshire, charitably scolds the Virginia Tech victims and fellow students:
Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn't anyone rush the guy? [...] And even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damage—your chances aren't bad.

I guess the .22 had found "something important" in no fewer than 50 people. You really have to read the whole quote to understand the thoroughness of Derbyshire's self-delusion and self-aggrandizement. In his able hands, the entire tragedy turns into a story about ... John Derbyshire.

An appropriately eviscerating response from Kelly Sedinger (Byzantium's Shores) includes the following:

My God, this guy -- and anyone who has thought anything like this -- is just living in a delusional fantasyworld where the things that people do in action movies or shows like 24 are actual options in real life.

I doubt Sedinger realizes how close he is to the truth here:

Derbyshire had an uncredited role in "Meng long guojiang", a 1972 martial arts film starring Bruce Lee released in Western countries under various titles, such as "Way of the Dragon" and "Return of the Dragon".

John Derbyshire's only other related qualification is that he used to hum along to "Macho Man" whenever it came on the radio.

And let's call it the Ronald Reagan Syndrome: if it happened in one of my movies, it must be true.