When it was reported that Vester Lee Flanagan II had accused one of his victims, Alison Parker, of making racist statements, Baltimore BlackLivesMatter activist Kwame Rose tweeted that he hoped the accusation would be investigated, because it is white racism that causes blacks like Flanagan to turn against society. Now we have Rose’s answer (not that he’ll accept it, being a professional race-baiter): the shooter had been offended when the white reporter had talked about “going out into the field,” taking it as a reference to cotton fields. When a watermelon was bought by a TV station exec for the staff to share on a summer day, Flanagan thought it was a racist gesture aimed at him.The race hate that many in the black and progressive community have been working overtime to embed in the nation—brings out the base to vote, you know—bore deadly fruit in Vester Lee Flanagan. And he will not be the last.
A man with a successful and famous father who could never find success, Flanagan had absorbed the false assertion being aggressively pushed by political leaders and activists in the black community that the United States is so hostile to African Americans that none of his failures were due o his own choices, problems or conduct. His expanding racial paranoia made it impossible for him to keep a job, and ultimately led to murder and suicide.
The news media is, disgracefully, in full denial. No, what this incident tells us is that it’s time to ban guns, that’s all. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Time columnist, wrote an angry and bizarre column about the “lessons” of the Virginia shooting, without mentioning race at all. Isn’t that fascinating? A black man writes a manifesto citing the racist killing of eight African Americans by a white supremacist as the trigger for his rampage. He cites the “racist” comments of his victim. He talks about wanting to start a race war. Yet there are no race-related issues in the killing! The words black, white, race, racist and African American don’t appear in Kristof’s op-ed about Vester Lee Flanagan, a furious, hate-filled and race-obsessed black man, and his killing of two innocent white journalists. Race, and the escalation of race tensions to, at least in Flanagan’s case, the breaking point, has nothing to do with this story!
To Kristof, and almost all of the news media, it’s just a “lesson” about guns. There are too many of them, and they are too many crazy, dangerous people who our porous gun laws allow to get weapons. That’s the lesson. This despite the fact, as Kristof later himself conceded in an interview, that none of the measures he discusses or alludes to would have stopped this shooting at all. Flanagan had no record of mental illness. He would have passed a background check. There was a waiting period. He didn’t use an assault weapon, just a pistol.
Am I clear? The serious implications of a black man killing whites after the race-hate machine running non-stop during the Obama administration elude the media entirely as a matter worthy of comment and analysis. Is this blatant bias, incompetence, or willful blindness by pundits like Kristoff? Or are these pundits intentionally refusing to acknowledge what the years-long racist assaults on whites, white police officers and white society by the news media, black activists, Al Sharpton, his colleagues at MSNBC, Jamelle Bouie, Eric Holder, the Justice Department, #Blacklivesmatter, #handsupdontshoot and President Obama have done to race relations and African American trust in their own nation?
Meanwhile, the lesson they do see—it’s safe for them to see it, because the “good people,” like the President, support it—is that this tragedy was caused by the NRA, as Parker’s father, also oblivious to the fact that his daughter was the victim of anti-white race hate, told CNN.
The only way, the only way, the NRA shares any hindsight bias blame for the deaths of Flanagan, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, is that it has been fending off efforts to obliterate the Second Amendment exactly as the ACLU has fought to protect the first, but more effectively.
The lesson from the ongoing carnage is not that we need a modern prohibition (that would raise constitutional issues and be impossible politically), but that we should address gun deaths as a public health crisis….?Australia is a model. In 1996, after a mass shooting there, the country united behind tougher firearm restrictions. The Journal of Public Health Policy notes that the firearm suicide rate dropped by half in Australia over the next seven years, and the firearm homicide rate was almost halved.
Australia’s gun policy is a ban in everything but name. Semiautomatic rifles and shotguns are banned; handguns can be purchased, but licensing requirements are onerous. Large caliber handguns are illegal, and handguns that hold more than 10 rounds are prohibited. To put this in perspective, the government took over a million privately-owned guns by edict. It’s so nice that Australians meekly put up with this: I’m proud that United States citizens would not. The Second Amendment makes the vital statement that in this culture, every citizen has access to power to protect life and property, and it is the citizen, not the government, that the Bill of Rights protects…from the government.
Kristof’s deceit (or is it ignorance?), as in most of the op-eds like his, is stunning. He compares, repeatedly, the regulations relating to toys, swimming pools and car safety to gun regulations, as if this never occurred to him: Toys are designed to play with, and never are supposed to hurt people. Pools are made to swim and play in, and not to drown people. Cars are made to drive, and should also never hurt people.
Guns are weapons. If you make them so they can’t hurt people when it’s necessary that they be able to do so, then they are useless for the purpose that they exist to complete.
Kristof, like the others, means banning guns when he talks about “regulations,” he just hopes the people who would object don’t notice, and that those who hate guns will understand what he’s doing. If that wasn’t his real objective, he wouldn’t use Flanagan as a “lesson.” The only way Flanagan could have been stopped from getting a gun was if there were no guns. So how is his attack a “lesson” about the need for more gun regulations? It isn’t. If it’s a lesson, the lesson is: “Guns are evil, and we must ban them.” Kristof is not a stupid man. He knows this.
For example, he says,
“Whether or not Williams was insane, our policies on guns are demented — not least in that we don’t even have universal background checks to keep weapons out of the hands of people waiting to go boom.”
Got that? Not people who have gone “boom” (this is from Flanagan’s suicide note that “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while … just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”), or who have been diagnosed as a threat to go boom, but “background checks” that can determine if a completely law-abiding citizen without a criminal record or a pattern of violence is “waiting” to go boom. Hey, Nick, if I read one more dishonest piece of punditry in the Times, maybe I’ll go “boom.”
How will “they” determine that I’m a danger, if I decide I need a gun? And if someone who hasn’t gone “boom,” after whatever magical, intense, mind-reading, ink-blot testing process that Nick’s law imposes, is determined by officials to be poised and ready to go “boom,” then what? Just say, “Sorry, but this is pre-crime: you can’t have a gun. Now go back, get a knife or a baseball bat and kill them that way”? Don’t we have to lock these baby pre-“boomers” up for safety? Subject them to observations and tests to see if we can make them explode under controlled circumstances? What are you proposing, Nick?
He wants guns banned.
He also is dishonest when he writes that “firearm homicide rate was almost halved” since Australia enacted Draconian anti-gun measures. According to a Congressional Research Service report, the firearm homicide rate in the U.S. was more than halved between 1993 and 2013, and occurred substantially while regulations were being reduced. From 1993 to 2013, the estimated firearms-related homicide victim rate per one hundred thousand of the population decreased from 6.62 to 3.10.
Is that still too much? Sure it is. And our leaders, politicians, activists and pundits could do a lot to bring it down more by acknowledging the problem of race and class fear, distrust and hatred, and by stopping trying to make it worse.
That might save the lives of the next Flanagan, Alison Parker and Adam Ward.