Is it me or is TTAG commentator MikeB302000 becoming increasingly brazen? His recent recommendation—a mental health test for anyone who touches a gun—is patent lunacy. His latest blog post—About the Poplawski Death Sentence—offers more of the same only different. The Italian stallion draws a direct connection between cop killer Richard Poplawski and readers of pro gun blogs (i.e. you). “I’ll bet Poplawski’s fellow gun enthusiasts approved [of his death sentence] too. For them it’s of major importance to disavow any connection with these bad apples. A two-hour deliberation to commit state-sanctioned murder for revenge suits their purposes perfectly . . .
The truth is he’s one of them, he’s a product of their extremism which says a gun is the answer. And a frightening aspect of this sick situation is there are others just like him. They’re reading the gun blogs right now, drinking in the lies and poison. They make it to the news too, usually not as dramatically as Poplawski, but they’re there, day after day in every city. Just look.
We do. There are. But they are not us. We are not them. Even though the press tried to paint Poplawski as your average SHTF-aware, gun-loving average Joe, it’s clear he had “issues.” For one, he was dishonorably discharged from the Marines for assaulting a Drill Instructor. For another, this from wtae.com:
One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said, “He personally threatened my stepdaughter, and chased her through the neighborhood.”
“This kid’s nothing but trouble,” the neighbor said.
I don’t know about you but I’ve never been booted from the Corps, or threatened or chased anyone through my neighborhood, ever.
An invidious distinction? The gun grabbers think gun rights advocates distance themselves from bad apples in order to . . . distance them from apples. But really, the poison fruit falls from the same tree.
I don’t buy it. People who flip out and shoot innocent people are a statistically insignificant proportion of legal gun owners. Legislating the peace-loving majority to stop the lunatic fringe is like banning pancakes to stop obesity.