As surely as night follows day, Saturday’s killings at the University of California-Santa Barbara by a thoroughly deranged individual brought the gun grabbers out Sunday.
And just as surely, they trotted out the same arguments as always – no matter how wrong they are.
Like clockwork, congressional liberals like Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., turn up on the Sunday talk shows like “Face the Nation” to argue for the revival of the gun-control legislation liberals opportunistically tried to pass last year in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings in Blumenthal’s home state. Even when it was pointed out that the proposals that failed last year would likely have done nothing to prevent the killing on Saturday, Blumenthal was undeterred.
Like clockwork, morons like film maker Michael Moore take to social media, with the usual anti-male, anti-white arguments.
And right on time someone in the throes of grief decides to blame the National Rifle Association – and by extension the more than 5 million Americans who belong to it – for the violent spasms of one person.
The only difference is that this time, the arguments are even more wrong than usual.
As far as Blumenthal and his legal opportunism goes, as was pointed out, every one of the weapons (note the word) found at the scene of the rampage were legally purchased in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Since California ranks at the top of the Brady Campaign’s list of states by severity of gun-control laws, it’s a pretty good bet that if lax law is the problem the only solution gun-control zealots really support is a total ban, making a mockery of their talk about registration, background checks or even – maybe especially — “mental health.”
(It’s worth noting that the first three victims were stabbed to death, so unless the libs want outlaw knives too, and make TSA-style pat-downs a routine part of American life, there’s isn’t much any law could have done – even if the focus is limited to mental health)
The ranters like Moore also face the kind of problem they’ve faced before when trying to pin the blame for violence on the conservative end of the American politics – “disturbed white males,” as Moore puts it. Conveniently, the killer’s heritage as half-white and half-Chinese will likely be forgotten or glossed over – the way the fact that George Zimmerman is Hispanic was at first danced around then simply ignored in the upheaval over his trial for killing black teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense in Florida in 2011.
As to the victims’ relatives who try to blame the NRA, again the guns the killer carried were legal in California, whose Democrat majority is hardly traditional NRA territory. One can sympathize with Richard Hernandez and the tragic loss of his son, Christopher, in the shooting, but the outbursts of a grief-stricken parent aren’t what make law in the United States.
“Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights, what about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said. “When will this insanity stop?”
Insanity will stop when there are no more insane people – which is not going to happen this side of Judgment Day.
Chris Martinez had a right to live – that it was forcibly taken from his is a crime.
Taking away the right of self-defense won’t change that, but it won’t stop the gun grabbers from trying.
Check out “Face the Nation” here, with Richard Hernandez, Bluementhal and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
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