How we, the people of the United States, respond to a horrific event varies widely depending on the circumstances surrounding the tragic event.
When a natural disaster occurs, like the recent hurricanes ravaging our coast/territories, many are quick to offer sympathy to those affected.
Sure, there are the occasional crazies blaming natural disasters on those they disagree with, but generally people are quick to give their condolences to victims of unavoidable tragedies.
However, when something like the recent Las Vegas shooting happens, people are quick to give hot takes, and point fingers at entire segments of the population.
With all of the “news” sources available, it’s easy to find a story that fits the narrative we are comfortable with. For some it is enough to accept that this act of terror was nothing more than an evil, twisted madman who was completely out of his mind. For others, this is seen as a moment to blame anyone OTHER than the shooter.
For example, you have many politicians using this as a moment to call for some sort of change in gun laws. There are many problems with this, the biggest one being their hypocrisy. Hillary Clinton made a political statement regarding the shooting, and in the same statement said that this isn’t a time to talk politics.
The other problem often ignored when brought up is the fact that evil people are not concerned with following the law. Many believe that the shooter was using automatic weapons, and use this talking point to further push “gun control”. The issue with that is the fact that automatic weapons are already illegal to own. Yes, there are modifications people can make so that their weapons fire similar to an automatic weapon, but the fact remains one cannot purchase an automatic weapon legally.
The ugliness of people is often revealed in times like these as well. While we should be quick to grieve for the victims, a lot of people like to laugh at the pain of others.
The CBS legal executive who was recently fired is hardly the only person who feels this way:
The truth is, there are a lot of nasty people who see this as a chance to “stick it” to those with perceived disagreements. They dismiss the shooter’s actions, and instead shift the discussion to policy changes, and victim blaming.
We can’t dismiss the left-wing media’s attempt to control the narrative, either. Earlier this year when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter, CBS’s Scott Pelley said that the incident was “self-inflicted”. He believed that the president’s tweets were responsible for the actions of a liberal maniac.
Late-Night host, and democratic mouthpiece, Jimmy Kimmel has made it a point to use his platform to promote his agenda on issues like healthcare, and, most recently, gun-control.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the NRA has their balls in a money clip, also sent their thoughts and their prayers today, which is good. They should be praying. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country, because it’s so crazy.” -Jimmy Kimmel
The thing people like Mr. Kimmel don’t understand is that criminals don’t follow the law. The shooter had brought weapons into a hotel that is, supposedly, gun-free. So, obviously that rule didn’t work. Demonizing gun owners for the action of a crazy person is like blaming an entire country for the actions of a madman.
Putting the blame on the NRA means Kimmel is putting the blame on the millions of its members, many of whom are most likely in his audience. Not only is it offensive, it’s simply ignorant.
Kimmel joins a chorus of others, like failed sportscaster Keith Olbermann, who has said the “NRA is a terrorist organization.”
“Keep and bear … do not mean ‘own,’ period… It is time to end the career of a politician who made his way to the White House dog-whistling to his ‘Second-Amendment people.” -Keith Olbermann
Other celebrities, like comedian Michael Ian Black, have chimed in as well with their hot takes:
Surely these men don’t have armed security at their studios…
There’s no denying that Americans are devastated following this national travesty, but sympathy isn’t limited to a particular group of people. While calls for “something needs to change” are great to say, there aren’t many people capable of explaining what “sensible gun control” means.
There are a lot of things we need to ask ourselves before we start blaming gun owners for terrible things like Las Vegas.
Who was this man? How was he able to obtain illegal firearms? How was he able to smuggle guns into a gun-free hotel? How was the hotel unable to locate where the windows were smashed? Why did ISIS claim responsibility for this, but not Charlottesville? Why are politicians talking about silencers, when they weren’t even used?
The most ironic thing about all of this is the fact that the left, the people who call president Trump the next Hitler, want civilians to give up their guns.
Folks, the victims of this terrorist attack do not care if a law is passed after the fact. They need healing, and the comfort of knowing the American people have their back. How many more things like this have to happen before we finally start coming together?!