When there was a mass- shooting in Virginia Beach last week, I wondered if this time the determined gun-grabbers would pretty much leave it alone. After all, it was carried out with hand-guns, legally purchased. The perpetrator had no criminal record or psychiatric issues. None of the so-called “sensible gun regulations” that we are lectured about constantly would have stopped him.
My curiosity was quickly slaked when the sad, openly partisan shell of Dan Rather, who was once respected when he was able to pretend that he was an ethical, objective journalist before the mask dropped, appeared on “CNN Tonight,” to accuse Second Amendment-respecting members of Congress who do not rush to disarm law-abiding Americans in the wake of every shooting as “bought and paid for by the gun lobby.” This, of course, is the present disgraceful ideological certitude of the Left: no one of good faith and virtuous objectives can possibly disagree with progressive cant, so dissenters must be evil or corrupt. But, to take an example I am extremely familiar with, if the trial lawyers spend millions to support mostly Democratic legislators who refuse to accept “sensible” reforms to the current civil justice system that makes plaintiffs’ attorneys millionaires, the representatives who vote their way have just been persuaded by the innate rightness of their arguments. The same is true of Democratic support of illegal immigration, abortion, climate change policies, legalizing pot, and on and on—but according to Rather, only gun supporting Congress members are “bought and paid for.”
Boy, do I feel like a chump! Here I am, thinking I was a non-gun owning ethicist who has studied our history, the law, the court cases and the statistics, and thought about the issue a great deal over many years. I’ve concluded, without anyone paying me a cent, that the Second Amendment is the bulwark of the Bill of Rights, and one of an essential and indispensable defense against the desires of power-seeking politicians to reduce individual liberty in the U.S. to advance an agenda of suffocating government control. What’s the matter with me?
Then came another of the Democratic Presidential candidates, this time the slippery Cory Booker, who also addressed my internal curiosity.
Unable to avoid using a massacre to advance the cause, Sen. Booker (D-N.J.) pushed his plan for comprehensive gun control at the California Democratic Party convention over the weekend. Then he visited CNN’s “State of the Union,” where intermittently (less and less, but still) ethical journalist Jake Tapper rules.
“How would your plan have stopped this tragedy, if at all?” Tapper asked, reasonably.
“Well, Jake, again, this is a tragedy today, but you know that every single day in the United States of America, in the aggregate, we have mass shootings that go on in neighborhoods like mine,” Booker said. “We are not helpless to stop this. This is a uniquely American problem. We have carnage in our country at levels that no other nation sees, more people dying in my lifetime due to gun violence than all the Americans that died due to gun violence in every single war from the Revolutionary now — war until now.”
I must point out that this is a fake statistic, a deceitful statistic designed to deceive. It’s been examined and found “true” by fact-checking services, but deceitful statements are always technically true by definition: deceit is the use of a true but matrially incomplete statement to mislead. About 63% of all the “gun violence” Booker compares to gun deaths in American wars have been suicides. If the statistic was stated honestly, as in “Since 1968 people shooting and killing other Americans in this country has taken 37% as many lives as all the Americans that died due to gun violence in every single war from the Revolutionary war until now,” it would be nowhere near as frightening. However, it would be true and honest: none of those wartime gun deaths (that we know of) were suicides. Nor have any convincing studies indicated that the unavailability of guns would significantly lessen the frequency of suicides, in which you only have to kill one person, he or she isn’t going to run away or fight, and you can keep trying if at first you don’t succeed.
In my book, this makes Cory Booker a liar. But I digress.
While he did not point out that Booker was cooking the anti-gun, fearmongering books, Tapper did stop the Senator’s monologue. “I’m sorry to interrupt, but … what would have prevented this tragedy?” Tapper asked. “What steps specifically would have stopped the massacre in Virginia Beach?”
Again, Booker refused to answer the question, and blathered on in familiar general rhetoric, so Tapper interjected again, saying, “I hear you not talking about this specific massacre, but talking about gun violence in general.”
Whereupon, Jake gave up, and changed the subject.
I was just debating the gun control issue with a Democrat friend, who asserted that her Party should make the upcoming election about just three issues: abortion, climate change, and guns. My response was that this would be a gift to Republicans, if they could get their arguments perfected. On the matter of guns, I said that it has been clear to me for a long time that the Left’s gun control strategy is aimed at long term elimination of the right to own guns, and the gutting of the Second Amendment. No measure being recommended short of gun confiscation (or pre-crime laws, which I will address in another post) will stop shootings and mass shootings, I said, and Democrats know it. So each new shooting, like the one in Virginia Beach, where none of the current “sensible” measures would have stopped the carnage, will spark those who fear guns, hate guns, don’t understand guns, and think nobody “needs” guns, to again cry pitifully that we have to “do something,” and that only those who are evil or corrupt oppose the kinds of measures that would prevent the latest shooting. That road inevitably leads to gun banning and (attempted) confiscation.
“That’s ridiculous,” she replied.
She also admitted, after she referenced those dangerous semi-automatic weapons, that she had no idea what such a gun was.
This is the song that never ends, until Americans are disarmed and at the mercy of the whims of our wise elected masters, or until we forcibly tell those would-be masters to stop singing.
Post script: And the song will be accompanied by the usual melody of lies. Here’s Barack Obama, who doesn’t lie like the current President, speaking last week at an event in Brazil. He said,
“Our gun laws in the United States don’t make much sense. Anybody can buy any weapon, any time, without much, if any, regulation. They can buy [guns] over the internet, they can buy machine guns.”
Outside of the first sentence, the rest is one lie and deceitful statement after another.