In the wake of Friday’s tragedy near the University of California at Santa Barbara, Samuel Wurzelbacher, known by many as “Joe the Plumber,” penned a “harsh” open letter in support of the right to bear arms.
Wurzelbacher, who became a national figure when he exposed President Obama’s wealth redistribution beliefs during a campaign stop in the 2008 presidential campaign, directed his message “only to the families of the gunshot victims in Santa Barbara.”
It was widely reported that three of the six victims Friday were stabbed to death.
“I am sorry you lost your child,” Wurzelbacher wrote. “I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But: As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”
The letter specifically names Richard Martinez, the grief-stricken father of one of the victims who blamed his son’s death on “irresponsible politicians and the NRA.”
While offering sympathy for the father, Wurzelbacher said “the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming ‘the proliferation of guns,’ lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill.”
“We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it – even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual,” he added. “I almost said ‘Obama Voter’ but I’m waiting for it to be official.”
Wurzelbacher concluded by telling the families involved in Friday’s tragedy that while it may appear otherwise, he cares more about them than do those hoping to capitalize on it, but “any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.”
The letter in its entirety, as published by BarbWire:
I’m not talking here about the three tragic murders Rodger committed by stabbing before his driving and shooting spree; I speak now only to the families of the gunshot victims in Santa Barbara:
It’s a tragedy.
I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But:
As harsh as this sounds – your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.
Richard Martinez, whose son (Christopher) was among the murdered, choked back tears at a news conference, blaming politicians the next day: “The talk about gun rights. What about Chris’ right to live?” Martinez said – and much more.
There are no critical words for a grieving father. He can say whatever he wants and blame whoever he’d like – it’s okay by me. You can’t take a step in his shoes – at least I can’t.
But the words and images of Mr. Martinez blaming “the proliferation of guns”, lobbyists, politicians, etc.; will be exploited by gun-grab extremists as are all tragedies involving gun violence and the mentally ill by the anti-Second Amendment Left.
As a father, husband and a man, it is my responsibility to protect my family. I will stand up for that right vehemently. Please believe me, as a father I share your grief and I will pray for you and your family, as I do whenever I hear about senseless tragedies such as this.
We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it – even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official.
I noticed the mainstream media have stopped the practice of immediately reporting the psycho maniac is a conservative Tea Party Republican Christian. Guess they’re sick of having to hide being wrong every time when it comes out the whacko votes Democrat?
Mr. Martinez and anyone calling for more restrictions on American’s rights need to back off and stop playing into the hands of the folks who merely capitalize on these horrific events for their own political ends.
They don’t care about your family or your dead children at all. They sound like they do, whereas I sound uncaring and like I say, harsh. Don’t be fooled – I care about your family and mine. The future of our very liberty lies in the balance of this fight.
In conclusion, I cannot begin to imagine the pain you are going through, having had your child taken away from you. However, any feelings you have toward my rights being taken away from me, lose those.