This morning, a deranged leftist shot 5 people at the Republican Congressional Baseball Practice in Arlington, Virginia.
While conservatives and libertarians pointed out how good guys with guns again stopped a bad guy with a gun, the response from the left was also all too predictable. Shift the blame away from the person and onto the object.
The left-wing outlet Salon did precisely this, just mere hours after the shooting, claiming that “no one is protected from the violence that plagues a country where gun industry profits and culture-war politics have turned guns into fetish objects and have made reasonable gun safety policies nearly impossible to enact.”
The author of the piece, titled Lessons of the “baseball shooting”: Gun violence feeds on itself — and even now, Republicans won’t listen, continued, “The gun industry and the NRA market guns with promises that owning guns will make the customer feel manly and powerful, and that fantasy has a power that can transcend political boundaries. And no one knows better than gun industry leaders how feelings of political frustration caused by seeing your preferred candidates lose elections can be channeled into a pitch to buy more guns.”
Of course, let’s not discuss the motives of the shooter and his deranged political beliefs. Let’s not discuss how the left has bred a culture of entitlement, and how they will intimidate and threaten people when they don’t get their way. Let’s not discuss how Kathy Griffin just held up a bloody head of Donald Trump a few weeks ago, and how leftists continue to fantasize about his death. Let’s instead blame the object and blame the NRA.
Following the shooting, Virginia Governor Terry McAullife remarked that, “There are too many guns on the streets. I have long talked about this – background checks and shutting down gun show loopholes.”
Blue-checkmarked leftists also took to Twitter to demand gun control.
— Charles Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) June 14, 2017
— Bill Madden (@activist360) June 14, 2017
*Congressman gets shot*
GOP: We gotta make sure this never happens again.
Us: Gun control legislation?
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) June 14, 2017
Here’s the rub. Important DC folk can get security detail but innocent school children can’t. People in nightclubs can’t. #GunControl
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) June 14, 2017
And hundreds of leftists reacted angrily to an article from The Hill, in which Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said that the shooting has prompted him to want to start carrying a gun to protect himself.
Because the only way to stop gun violence is to ensure that more Americans are made defenseless, and left vulnerable for criminals to attack. Brilliant strategy.