It’s not hard to see what the Democrats’ designated talking point of the day is. All you have to do is keep an eye on social media and the mainstream “news” outlets. Yesterday, the message they really wanted to push hard was that what’s ailing America is skyrocketing gun sales and an acute lack of gun control laws.
It started with White House spokesnoid Jen Psaki who responded to a remarkably convenient question from the White House press corps by blaming the psurge in violence over the last 15 months on too few gun control laws.
Psaki just blamed the rise in crime across the country on a lack of gun control. pic.twitter.com/ndg4j87ZSI
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) May 24, 2021
It’s far too easy, in President BidenHarris’s opinion, for Americans to purchase and carry firearms. That’s why Joe wants to outlaw private gun sales, regulate homemade firearms, eliminate the 80% lower business, give the FBI seven more business days to complete a NICS check, enact a new “assault weapons” ban, and — in their most dearly-held dreams — kill off the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
That last one would allow Bloomberg-funded attorneys and the tort bar to sue America’s gun makers out of business. It’s such a holy grail that grumpy grampy Joe said this about PLCAA repeal last month when he highlighted his anti-gun agenda items in the Rose Garden . . .
If I get one thing on my list, if the Lord came down and said, ‘Joe, you get one of these,’ gimme that one (PLCAA repeal).
But to get that done, the American public — and by extension, some key Democrat senators — need to be persuaded that the culprit in the jump in crime and shootings since last March is the proliferation of firearms.
Cue the junior senator from Connecticut . . .
Gun sales increased in 2020 by 40%.
Gun deaths increased in 2020 by 30%.
That’s not a coincidence.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 25, 2021
See? Geddit? Gun sales went up and so did crime! SOMETHING MUST BE DONE.
There’s only one problem. Senator Murphy has some difficulty correlating cause and effect. He’d dearly like to blame the surge in the crime rate, and the jump in gun deaths in particular, on the increase in gun sales.
Senator Murphy, however, conveniently gets the story backwards. It wasn’t the millions of new guns sold last year that caused the violence. It was the violence that prompted Americans of every stripe to head to their local gun store and buy every damned gun they could get their hands on.
Why? Because they have eyes and ears.
People saw cities burning. They read about their police force being defunded. They heard their local district attorney unilaterally announce she’d no longer prosecute many crimes. They read that even people arrested for many violent crimes would be released without bail. And they heard reports of violent criminals being released from jails and prisons.
So at the same time that criminals and their violent activity were, in effect, being enabled through fewer cops on the beat, an absence of prosecution, and a lack of real consequences, crime rates — shockingly — soared. Go figure.
That, Senator Murphy, is why firearm sales skyrocketed. Americans lost faith that politicians, law enforcement and the criminal justice system could or would protect them. So they decided they’d make sure they could protect themselves.
It was the crime that prompted the gun-buying, not the guns that caused the crime.
Finally, the ever-compliant and dedicated producers at CNN dragged America’s pajama boy, David Hogg, out of bed to answer some questions about “gun violence” and Americans’ seemingly insatiable demand for firearms . . .
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 24, 2021
Unfortunately, David was probably stoned when the talking points memo popped into his email inbox because he strayed from the approved narrative.
The Democrat spinmeisters will just have to excuse David’s lack of message discipline. He’s had a heavy load of grievance studies and critical stupidity theory coursework at Harvard. That’s imbued him in anti-racism tropes and as a result, he’s seeing white supremacy and klan hoods around every corner.
As a result, when the CNN talking head tee’d up a softball question about increased gun sales for him, he reflexively defaulted to what his distinguished perfessers have been preaching.
I think it’s about fear. I think it’s about the fact that as a country, oftentimes we would rather turn on each other and point to someone’s skin color, or point to someone’s immigration status, or their gender, or their sexual identity and claim that’s the threat, when in reality, we should all be working together against the sources of evil that are creating this gun violence and the injustice that promotes this gun violence and gun purchases in the first place.
David was lucid enough get in mentions of AR-15 rifles and the NRA, but he still muddied the message. Bummer.
Note to Democrat consultants and spinmeisters: it’s not going to be easy to keep little David consistently on your talking points. As far as he’s concerned, gun sales are a symptom of the patriarchy, toxic masculinity and white privilege. Those lessons have been deeply rooted so you’ve got your work cut out for you. Good luck with that.
Clearly though, the Democrat messaging machine was focusing on gun control yesterday. Is it because they see an opportunity or is it an act of desperation as they see the largest parts of their anti-gun push languishing?
You make the call. We just want to help you become a smarter, more educated consumer of media and political agitprop. Knowledge is power.