Things are getting a little heated in Virginia. Since the on-air murder of a pair of journalists, there has been a renewed call for gun control from the usual suspects, especially Everytown for Gun Safety (the gun control advocacy organization founded and funded by Michael Bloomberg). They’ve been joined in this campaign by Andy Parker, the father of one of the murdered journalists who has been demanding that “something needs to be done” and doing so under Everytown’s banner. Last week he stepped way over the line, demanding that one Virginia legislator vote in favor of gun control, and I quote, “LEST I BEAT YOUR LITTLE ASS WITH MY BARE HANDS.” This did not go well . . .
The comment, one of more than a dozen Parker posted to Stanley’s page within roughly 30 minutes, accused Stanley of failing to offer condolences after the shooting and concluded: “WHEN YOU SEE ME AGAIN, YOU BEST WALK THE OTHER WAY LEST I BEAT YOUR LITTLE ASS WITH MY BARE HANDS.”
“Taken together, it is without a doubt that he means to do me physical harm,” Stanley said.
Parker, who lives in Henry County and is a constituent of Stanley’s, apologized Thursday in a statement issued through Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control advocacy group he has worked with to produce television ads in several key Virginia Senate races.
On Wednesday, Stanley contacted police and obtained an application for a concealed-carry permit after Andy Parker sent him a Facebook message that said: “I’m going to be your worst nightmare you little bastard.”
I can’t begin to understand what Mr. Parker is going through emotionally, but I can understand what’s getting him so upset. He has hitched his wagon to the gun control agenda and decided that all of his efforts and suffering will be worth it if he can get the laws changed and make a difference for someone else in the future. The problem is that he can’t understand that the laws he’s advocating for would do absolutely nothing to stop the “gun violence” in Virginia.
Rather than listening to reason and talking logically he’s let his emotions blind him to the political and logical realities of the situation, and now that he’s being forced to face that in the form of complete failure to get anything passed he’s resorting to threats of physical violence to try and make something happen.
It’s a pretty sad situation all around, but the worst thing in my opinion is Michael Bloomberg’s exploitation of this parent’s pain and suffering to push his political agenda. It seems like Bloomberg promised Mr. Parker that something would change if he joined the campaign, but there has been nothing but the usual failure that Everytown for Gun Safety has come to know time and again.