Anti-gun crowd uses incorrect news to push extreme gun-control agenda
It’s the mendacity demonstrated these last few days we should recall, the mendacity of the professional left and its followers among those who deal in newsprint and electromagnetic waves.
Another tragedy befalls a group of innocents at the hands of a lunatic, and these groups seek first to advance a political agenda that hopes to blame inanimate objects for human failings while minimizing the failure of institutions they dominate. All the while they use an untruth that even when discovered was ignored to the last gasp of the message.
Madness and murderous compulsion, such as that demonstrated at this week’s Washington Naval Yard shooting, are not entirely preventable, no matter what the safeguards of a rational society. That being said, policies that allow angry and mentally disturbed individuals to have high-security clearances, as was the situation in Washington, are less than useless and rapidly become dangerous.
The purpose of investigating individuals to give them access to sensitive areas is to prevent them from doing harm and must be an ongoing pursuit, not static and perfunctory.
But this avenue of inquiry was barely explored and apparently not on the mind of many politicians and commentators who took to the airwaves, before the crime was even completed and the perpetrator determined. They wanted to discuss his gun.
When the crime spree began, the story that the perpetrator was armed with an AR-15 type assault rifle hit the national media sprinkler heads almost instantly, even though it was unverified. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein was practically drafting new legislation on air while law enforcement officials were seeking to halt the crime.
The New York Daily News, a tabloid for those on the left, published an edition with an enormous graphic of an AR-15 and the headline “Same Gun, Different Slay,” calling the firearm the “Newtown” weapon and declaring it was “Made for Murder.”
This statement was made while law enforcement personnel were swarming the shipyard, carrying the same weapon. So, it had come to this: Those who would not know the difference between Colt’s AR -15 and Lincoln’s Mark VII, would now define a weapon’s character, no matter the hands operating it.
Throughout the next 24 hours, the narrative evolved: The killer, it turned out, did not bring an assault rifle to the crime but obtained one from a victim. Then it became clear he never used one at all.
In Colorado, we had experienced quite enough of this alarmist manipulation and took steps to rid ourselves of politicians who would foist such nonsense upon constituents and citizens of the state.
Last Tuesday, voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo rightfully changed their representation from two state senators who chose to lead the charge of ineffectual and job-destroying gun legislation to people voters believed would reflect the wishes and values of their constituents.
The change was literally historic and created a tremor that was felt from the base of the Rockies to the tidal basin of Washington, D.C.
Voters removed state Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron in the most closely watched state elections in recent years, as voters recalled not one but two state elected office holders for the first time since the state’s birth.
National attention and money flowed like manna to the embattled senators’ supporters, who outspent their opponents at least five to one. It was estimated that more than $3 million was spent in these campaigns, with a $350,000 donation from New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, for variety of stated reasons. I believe he follows Bruce Springsteen’s lyric, “Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, And a king ain’t satisfied, till he rules everything.”
But he was neither king nor kingmaker here. This is the West. We’re a bit tough on princely potentates.
The spending by the anti-recall group attempted to blur the reasons for the political action and misdirect voters toward issues such as abortion etc. But voters, in this case, knew the issues. When the dust had cleared, faces had changed and Colorado’s Senate went from a comfortable five-vote Democrat plurality to a razor-thin single vote.
To those in the nation who would battle for freedom and reason I say, “Look to Colorado.”
Rick Wagner writes more on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.