By now, everyone knows about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, which murdered 59 people and wounded a large number of others, mainly due to the fact that the perpetrator, Stephen Paddock was able to sneak large amounts of ammo into his hotel room and had modified his weapon for automatic fire. While tragic events like this are unexpected, one thing that isn’t is politicizing murder by the Left.
They never fail to feed off of a tragedy, or to let a crisis go without milking it to advance their twisted agenda.
The usual suspects, including the increasingly unfunny Jimmy Kimmel, the clown show at CNN, various Democrat politicians, and their trained seals at places like the New York Times and the WAPO all obviously got the same memo:
The NRA is eeeevil, The Republicans are eeevil eeevil eeevil and it’s all their fault,they have blood on their hands! The NRA and the gun lobby (whatever that is) control the eeevil Republicans, and oh, how long, how many more deaths will it take before we modify the Second Amendment (they’re always careful not to say ‘repeal’ which is what they really mean) so these tragedies will end?
Are they right? Let’s translate this, shall we?
First off, let’s examine who these people passing this message along really are. They are almost all millionaires. All of them have access to state of the art security both at work and at home, and it’s at tax payer expense, either as a benefit if they’re politicians or as a tax deduction if they’re millionaire celebrities or TV talking heads and their employer isn’t footing the bill. They all live in posh neighborhoods, some of which are gated or have their own security force like Los Angeles’s Bel-Air. Strict anti-Second Amendment laws that ban the peasants who aren’t so favored from owning firearms affects these privileged progressives not at all.
So why would they be so concerned about it?
If you look at the statistics, strict gun laws obviously don’t prevent murders or felonies like armed robbery where a gun’s involved. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore and New York City are all Democrat run cities with incredibly strict gun laws. All of them rank among the highest cities in America when it comes to homicides committed with a gun. France has some of the strictest gun laws on earth, but that hasn’t prevented jihadis from getting their hands on weapons when they wanted them and killing people.
Because, you see, people who live outside the law will always be able to get guns when they want them. Crude but effective firearms can even be made in an ordinary home workshop if necessary with the right tools, a little knowledge and some easily obtainable materials.
The real victims are the law abiding, who are rendered defenseless and vulnerable, something the Ghouls on the Left could care less about. Several survivors of the Las Vegas shooting have already gone public about how badly they wished they were armed and could have shot back while they were helplessly huddling under whatever flimsy cover they could find, praying they wouldn’t be the next target. And it struck me that after the jihadi attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida last year that I read a similar sentiment voiced by a gay man who survived. He gave a chilling account of how, after saying goodbye to his mother via cellphone, he just sat there helplessly, listening to the murderer jihadi Omar Mateen hunting for more victims, and how he prayed that he had a gun and the knowledge and ability to use it to save his life and the lives of the others.
So it’s obvious that these politicians and talking heads aren’t all that concerned with the victims of gun violence. And I’ll go even further. The victims of this atrocious assault were at a country music festival, and fans of that genre tend to be Trump voters, conservative in outlook and Republican voters even if some of the artists trend to the Left. And the killer deliberately waited until the headliner, Jason Aldean, was finishing up his set and the crowd was at its largest, something which could provide a clue to the killer’s motivation. I guarantee you that the Left appreciates that fact. Off camera, among themselves, have no doubts that sentiment was expressed by these icons of the Left that these rubes had it coming, that it served them right what happened to them.
So we’ve ruled out lessening gun deaths and any actual compassion for the victims as reasons for the Left’s acting out. What remains?
Well, there are political talking points and Trump bashing that will resonate in certain blue circles and of course, fundraising, which has already started. But that’s not the main objective.
Remember than inside each and every progressive is a rabid totalitarian screaming to get out and lusting for total control over society. And you can’t do that when people have the ability to defend themselves and their freedoms.
The Founders had a few prescient things to say about that:
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
– George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790
“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787
“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788
“Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.”
– James Madison, Federalist No. 46, January 29, 1788
“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like law, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.”
-Thomas Paine, 1775
Do you see a common thread here?
Almost every totalitarian dictatorship has started out with the same thing as one of its first steps…disarming the populace. Or to throw another quote into the mix, as Machiavelli said, “When you are disarmed you are not only defenseless but despised.”
That’s the real key to the Left’s desire for disarming Americans. The goal is total control. That’s what is behind the politicizing of murder. And that’s why the ghouls of the Left feast on every incident like this…unless it turns out as more evidence surfaces that it involved one of their own adherents on the Left, or members of their select victim groups like illegal migrants,black males with criminal backgrounds or Muslim jihadis. Then, it gets buried quickly, not to be mentioned again.
But it could be I’ve got this all wrong. And I’m certainly willing to find out. So I’ll give the Left a chance to convince me of their sincerity and regard for the welfare of their fellow Americans.
Let all these politicians, Leftist celebrities and their minions who are advocates of strict gun control show us the greater good. Let them get rid of all their security guards, any firearms they might personally possess and post prominent signs on their homes and places of employment stating “This is a gun-free zone” for six months. They can rely on the local police and live for those six months under exactly the same conditions they want to impose on the rest of us.
Then we can all see what a wonderful idea it really is and how it turns out, right?
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.