Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement from Reverend Michelle Reed, a member of the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action in response to the shootings at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom where at least 3 people were killed today . . .
Kansans are still reeling from the breaking news that, on the eve of Passover, a gunman has killed at least three people at the JCC and Village Shalom – our thoughts and prayers are with them and their loved ones,” said Reverend Reed. “We don’t know all of the details yet, but we know that events like this remind us how none of us is immune– gun violence knows no boundaries of religion, race, class or age. We won’t wait until our families or communities are affected by gun violence.
“We demand – right now – to be safe from gun violence in our places of worship, in our community centers, and wherever we may go. It’s time for our political leaders to take immediate action to end this public health epidemic.
Reading Moms Demand Action’s post-shooting press releases is like looking at an M.C. Escher staircase. Their arguments for civilian disarmament are also a call for armed self-defense. Because it’s absolutely true: “none of us is immune– gun violence knows no boundaries of religion, race, class or age” (although I’d drop the word “gun” from “gun violence”). So . . . guns.
Yes, well, MDA can’t make that leap, obviously. They prefer to promote magical thinking: laws stop bad guys! Gun control laws in particular. Only they don’t, do they? As they didn’t here. In his recent TTAG essay, Mike McDaniel pointed-out that MDA and its ilk are blind to gun control’s consistently obvious failure. In fact, they view it as rationale to continue their quixotic crusade.
While we’re on the subject of delusional myopia mixed with OCD, Shannon Watts’ decision to change her organization’s name from One Million Moms for Gun Control to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is wonderfully instructive. It highlights her followers’ emotional and intellectual immaturity. Think of it this way . . .
When a child reaches a certain age and “demands” a drink (or something equally accessible) the logical answer is “get it yourself.” Taking responsibility for your own needs is an important part of growing-up. Continuing to demand a result from someone else when you can make it happen more quickly and effectively yourself is childish.
More than that, it’s dangerous.
When you rely on someone else to satisfy your demands – like, say the police – you’re at their mercy. They can extort or coerce you into doing their bidding in exchange for their services. You demand safety? The Fraternal Order of Police demands a generous Cadillac health plan for their members with gold-plated pension benefits, full-auto patrol rifles and a free pass if they rough-up or shoot the wrong person.
When it comes to defending, never mind encouraging individual liberty, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a deeply subversive organization. I’m not sure they know it. But if they do, I’m sure they don’t care.