Like TTAG’s William C. Montgomery, I find it odd not to say disingenuous that the political left has seized on the Safeway Massacre as an outgrowth of strident political rhetoric. Jared Lee Loughner was a loon. Maybe even a gunloon. But the tone of American politics had sweet FA to do with his heinous crime. In fact, it makes not one wit of difference whether Jared Lee Loughner’s politics were left or right-leaning. Nor does it matter that Sarah Palin’s Facebook page used firearms-related metaphors, both linguistic and graphic. And here’s the really ironic part . . .
The anti-rhetoric rhetoric is just as incendiary as the original rhetoric. I’m never heard NPR’s Tom Ashbrook sound so partisan or so enervated. Never. Here’s another example served-up piping hot by the Huffington Post . . .
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, suggested Monday that the actions of alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner were an example of the sort of “Second Amendment remedies” that former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle referred to during last year’s campaign.
“He saw a Second Amendment remedy and that’s what occurred here and there is no way not to make that connection,” Clyburn told The Charleston Post & Courier in a recent interview.
And here’s HuffPo’s Nick Wing’s response, indicative of the New Age media meme sweeping across America, for the next ten minutes or so, until the tragedy fades from memory and everyone gets back to the business of name-calling. As they should.
And I think that what has happened here is the vitriol has gotten so elevated, until people feel emboldened by this. And people, who are a little less than stable, and people aren’t thinking for themselves or are so easily influenced, they got out and do things that all of us pay a great price for.
The reaction to the Safeway Massacre has once again highlighted the central weakness of the liberal mindset in general, and the pro-gun control left in specific: their over-riding desire to infantilize others. In other words, they assume that the smart (them) must take care of the stupid (not them).
In legal terms, liberals semi-excuse nutcases like Loughner with a judgement of diminished responsibility. It’s OUR fault this happened. WE failed. WE should have outlawed high-capacity magazines. Or spent more money on mental health care. Or avoided using words that evoke images or thoughts of violence.
The UK calls this philosophy and its inevitable result “the Nanny State.” It’s an insidious and profoundly unAmerican concept. And it’s antithetical to the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which gives average ordinary citizens the right to keep and bear (which I translate as carry) firearms.
The Founding Fathers weren’t stupid. They knew that plenty of people were less intellectually gifted than they. Unhinged? Hello? Who in their right mind would cross an ocean to live in a land as rough, uncivilized and violent as early America? And yet they gave all citizens the right to bear arms, without once mentioning a physical, mental, emotional or financial fitness test.
Also worth noting: America’s first politicians weren’t exactly what you’d call reserved in their political rhetoric. Lest we forget, they were revolutionaries, who’d just fought a revolutionary war. Intemperate political speech and guns? But sir! How will we ever survive as a nation? Pretty damn well. So far.
Which segues into a theme I introduced in my video rant: the Safeway Massacre does not indicate that American gun laws are broken. It’s what you might call a normal aberration. Again, I draw your attention to news [via laht.com] coming out of Mexico today, just 1262 miles from Tucson, Arizona:
CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – At least 24 people have been found slain, 15 of them decapitated, in recent hours in the southern Mexican resort city of Acapulco, officials said Saturday.
On Saturday morning, 15 decapitated men were found outside a shopping center along with two threatening messages that authorities did not make public.
Unofficial versions, however, indicated they were signed by the powerful Sinaloa cartel and warned that anyone who tried to intrude upon the gang’s smuggling corridor would suffer the same fate . . .
Separately, a Guerrero state police official, Emmanuel Radilla Hernandez, and one of his bodyguards were killed Friday night when assailants riding in an SUV intercepted them and opened fire.
Police spokespersons, meanwhile, said that another eight people had been found murdered in recent hours in Acapulco, including four found inside a taxi and two left outside a store. All of the killings are attributed to organized-crime elements.
Elements which thrive in a society where the rule of law has disappeared, where, not so coincidentally, the average citizen is unable to defend themselves by force of arms. And the politicians are, for their own survival, mute.