By Greg Campbell
First and foremost, we mourn for the tragic loss seen in Connecticut. The murders that occurred are horrendous and nearly unfathomable in their senselessness and evil. Everyone here at TPNN hopes and prays for the victims as well as the friends and families and any others affected by this tragedy. We encourage others to hope and pray for them as well.
The world is a scary and, often, an unjust place. Monsters lurk about us, hidden in plain sight and it shouldn’t be this way.
Even on a day such as today, the battles of politics rages on as gun control advocates have slipped in their commentaries and false accusations to progress their cause, and that is not right. While America mourns, renewed calls for gun control have echoed throughout the media, and it is important to add balance to this discussion.
If the left is going to point fingers, I suggest they point in the correct direction. A gun did not commit these crimes; a sick, twisted and evil weakling did.
As Americans reeled from the shock of a crime so heinous, Michael Moore was quick to jump into the fray with a tweet, saying,
“The NRA hates freedom. They don’t want you to have the freedom to send your children to school & expect them to come home alive.”
“The way to honor these dead children is to demand strict gun control, free mental health care, and an end to violence as public policy.”
But the hysteria did not end there. Others joined in:
Funny or Die co-founder claimed, “NRA and Washington share portion of responsibility for today’s hideous shooting. We need reasonable gun control RIGHT NOW.”
Actress Mia Farrow stated that, “gun control is no longer debatable — it’s not a ‘conversation’ — It’s a moral mandate.”
Current TV host John Fugelsang claimed,”Guns don’t kill people. People in states without gun-purchase background checks & waiting periods kill people.”
However, the gun used in the killing spree was registered to the shooter’s mother. Waiting period and registration would have done nothing to prevent this tragedy as, according to Connecticut law, the murderer was not allowed to own a firearm, as he needed to be 21. This tragedy was not as a result of lax gun control laws, but of a deranged young man.
Extreme anti-gun rights advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has vowed to “take the gloves off” and “embarrass” politicians who don’t force gun control issues.
President Obama, in his address after the shooting, noted that “meaningful action” needed to take place in government- a thinly-veiled nod to gun control measures.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has claimed that “meaningful action” is not enough and that Obama ought to rule by executive decree: “[T]he country needs [Obama] to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem – and take immediate executive action.”
This tragedy demands that we remind ourselves what is really important in life- it does not demand that reactionary advocates fly off the handle to capitalize on the death of children to promote flawed and ineffective policies.
While the left claims they mourn for the loss, they simultaneously point the finger at the NRA or the guns themselves. Where are the fingers being pointed at the deranged psycho who went on a murderous rampage?
Following a tragedy such as this, gun control arguments are bound to be heated. However, gun control measures are not appropriate remedies to mental ailments or psychopathy that drives people to commit violence like this. While we would love to not have this discussion and let advocacy derive from cool, calm heads, the left is looking to capitalize on tragedy immediately. We need to balance this discussion and calmly remind the world that guns are tools, and that what is responsible for bloodshed is malice and evil in some people.