Anti-gunners are notorious for holding to the adage, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” In the wake of a mass shooting, for example, they jump on the opportunity to beat the gun control drum almost immediately. Usually, they expect the NRA to wait a period of time before saying anything, though. Funny how that works.
However, it now seems that an anti-gun official is getting some pushback on their comments in the immediate wake of a shooting.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday denounced Congress’ lack of effort to pass legislation on gun safety after a shooting that left five people dead at a Maryland newspaper.
“Praying for everyone injured & the families of those lost in today’s shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Congress has a responsibility to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country,” Pelosi tweeted.
Gina Loudon, member of the Donald J. Trump Media Advisory Board, told FOX Business’ Lou Dobbs the reflexive response by Pelosi demonstrates the Democratic Party’s intent to politicize the shooting.
It’s not as much pushback as needed, but it’s a start.
For one thing, let’s take a look at Pelosi’s comment.
Congress has a responsibility to take action to prevent the tragedy of gun violence. Every day it fails to do so is a stain on our country.
Well, Congresswoman, can you please tell me exactly what legislation that has been proposed would have prevented this from happening? An assault weapon ban won’t do the trick, because the killer used a shotgun. The idea of restricting long gun sales to those over 21 wouldn’t have helped because he was over 21. What precisely would have stopped him from getting a gun?
Oh yeah, nothing. Nothing at all.
If Congress has failed to act, it’s in trying to determine the actual causes of violence and then working to eliminate them rather than the tools used by the violent. Not only does that not work (just look at London for an example), but it’s a violation of the civil rights of law-abiding Americans. If you deal with the causes of violence, however, you’ll see a greater return on investment than you ever would with gun control.
It’s important to note that during the time period that gun rights were expanding all over the nation, violent crime went down. Now, I’ll be the first to point out that correlation doesn’t equal causation, but I’ll also say that if the proliferation of guns was the problem, if more guns meant more crime, then surely the correlation would have looked very, very different.
But it didn’t.
In other words, guns aren’t the problem. Rep. Pelosi would know that if she bothered to actually look beyond her emotions. Hell, she may actually know that but keeps pushing this direction because her constituents demand it because they can’t look beyond their emotions. It’s not like it matters.
Additionally, maintaining our civil liberties is never a “stain” on our nation. Even if protecting those civil liberties sometimes leads to unpleasantness, it’s still our constitutionally-protected rights we’re talking about here.
You’re familiar with the Constitution, right Rep. Pelosi? It’s that piece of paper you swore to support and defend when you took your oath of office. Why don’t you try something new and actually support and defend it? You know. Just to shake stuff up.