I feel sorry for Fred Guttenberg for the loss of his daughter in the Parkland shooting, but even that bit of sympathy has been stretched thin by his demand that everyone else in the country be rendered as helpless as Jaime was.
Very, very thin.
As Guttenberg blurted out on Twitter upon hearing of Bailey Nielsen carrying a slung AR rifle to address an Idaho House committee hearing . . .
How is it possible that this grandfather was not arrested for allowing his 11 year old to carry a loaded AR 15? Sorry Grandpa, we do not know if Bailey is a killer? My daughter died because of a teen with an AR 15. You should be in jail.
Presumed guilt is the very basis of prior restraint, preemptively-prove-your-innocence background checks. But Guttenberg ups the ante saying that Charles Nielsen, Bailey’s grandfather, should be arrested because we don’t know if the 11-year-old girl is a murderer.
Correction: I used to feel sorry for Guttenberg. He squandered that with his refusal to recognize that what allowed a chumbucket to murder 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was the virtually nonexistent enforcement of current laws against assault, death threats, vandalism, pet-killing and more. Non-enforcement that allowed a known criminal to walk freely and legally buy a gun with murder on his mind.
How is it possible that Nielsen wasn’t arrested, Mr. Guttenberg? It’s because neither he nor Bailey broke a law.
Preemptive arrests are a tool of totalitarians, police-statists and autocrats. Guttenberg definitely qualifies.