President Trump and the NRA live rent-free in the heads of many who oppose them. And Trump and the NRA sell newspapers. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Chicago Tribune, in an editorial, doesn’t pin the blame for the carnage at the Nashville Waffle House on the killer.
And blaming the killer’s father for apparently returning his son’s guns to him after police had seized them doesn’t sell newspapers, either. No, in these times, when the Tribune struggles to stay solvent, it falls back on bashing Donald Trump and the NRA for the Waffle House massacre to bring in readers and web traffic.
From the Tribune:
We should be able to eat waffles in peace — but Trump and the NRA accept this kind of terrorism. …
We’re told by the National Rifle Association and the politicians they fund that the only defense in any of these tragedies would be more guns. Armed teachers. Armed churchgoers. Armed music lovers. Armed waffle eaters.
The National Rifle Association stands as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, founded after the Civil War. It advocates for the Second Amendment rights of all Americans, even those who work at the Chicago Tribune.
The politicians the NRA funds? Members of Congress that have received barely $3.5 million from the NRA over the past twenty years, combined. That’s $175,000 per year on average. Or about $400 per member of Congress. George Soros no doubt wishes he could buy congressmen’s votes for $400 each.
Even if you add up all of the NRA’s political contributions and lobbying expenditures, Politifact reports that the NRA has spent just $203.2 million since 1998.
Contrast that with the $1.7 billion – that’s billion with a ‘b’ – in political spending by labor unions – in just 2016. Of course, labor union money is as clean and pure as the wind-driven snow.
At the same time, most Americans, have come to understand that the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun. Or, in this case, one courageous and lucky individual named James Shaw who counter-attacked when the shooter’s rifle jammed. Kudos to the heroic Mr. Shaw, pictured below, for stopping the killer.
The Tribune’s Rex Huppke works hard to blame Donald Trump as part of his click-bait piece…
In fact, President Donald Trump’s only action on guns was signing a law last February that did away with a regulation President Barack Obama put in place that made it harder for people with mental illness to buy a gun.
Yes, Donald Trump signed that bill into law. It passed with bipartisan support through Congress. The act ended the Obama-era practice of portraying Social Security recipients who get help with their financial matters as “mental defectives,” barring them from gun ownership without due process.
After all, in Huppke’s Windy City world, everything bad is Trump’s fault. And concepts like freedom and liberty take a back seat to feelings.
What do you call it when people are made to feel unsafe in the most public of places?
He then shares this gem:
A 29-year-old man from Morton, Ill., is the suspected shooter, and police say he used an AR-15-style … rifle, the same type of firearm used in the Parkland school shooting (17 dead), the Texas church shooting (26 dead), the Las Vegas music festival shooting (58 dead) and the Orlando nightclub shooting (49 dead).
Nevermind that the government failed to seize the Parkland killer’s guns despite dozens of run-ins with him. Or how not one, not two, but four Broward County Sheriff’s Deputies – armed to the teeth – waited outside while the killer slaughtered innocent kids inside. Apparently writing about government incompetence doesn’t blow Mr. Huppke’s hair back.
He overlooks the fact that the San Antonio church shooting ended because good guy gun-owner, Stephen Willeford interceded, barefoot, with his AR-15 to stop the carnage, probably saving lives.
We still don’t know much about the Las Vegas murderer, other than he was a certifiable lunatic.
Huppke finishes his indictment using a bona fide Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Florida as justification for banning America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15. Never mind that police at the Pulse Nightclub waited for three hours as people bled out inside.
So as Huppke sees it, because the government cannot protect us from lunatics and terrorists, we should surrender our right to keep and bear arms so people like him can feel safe while he eats his waffles.
That makes sense.
We know how well that worked out for them, right?