Debbie Wasserman Schultz Joins In Stigmatizing Gun Owners

In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. An FBI investigation and congressional probes into the Trump campaign and contacts with Russia continue to shadow the administration, each new development a focus of White House press briefings and attention on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz is another of those people who will never be mistaken for pro-gun. However, just so that no one gets confused in the least. Wasserman Schultz decides to join in on attempts from the anti-gun forces to stigmatize gun owners.

Why else would she join in with the chorus of people trying to paint the nation’s oldest civil rights organization as a terrorist group?

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) had stern words for the National Rifle Association on Tuesday, responding to the gun group’s new president attacking student survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, for allegedly engaging in “civil terrorism.”

“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization,” Schultz told HuffPost. “They have done everything they can to perpetuate the culture of violence that we have in our country with the spread of assault weapons across the nation.”

Still, Wasserman Schultz said she considered it ironic for someone with North’s past legal troubles to accuse young people of criminal behavior simply for “standing up to make sure that we can keep people safe.”

Meanwhile, Wasserman Schultz proves that she’s about nine kinds of idiot, and I’m lowballing here.

For one thing, these “young people” who are “standing up to make sure that we can keep people safe” are the same people who have vandalized private property and harassed the spouses of NRA officials. North’s use of the term “civil terrorism” was meant to differentiate it from what people typically think of as terrorism, not because the goals are any different. No, it’s just about how far on the other side of acceptable behavior they were willing to go.

That’s it.

Meanwhile, claiming the NRA is anything close to a terrorist organization is laughable. The NRA has never advocated violence. It’s never advocated any brand of lawlessness. It’s never advocated for anything that could be construed as terrorism by anyone but an anti-gun zealot.

But I will grant her one thing. The NRA is responsible for the current state of violence in this country.

No, really. She’s right.

I mean, violent crime has been dropping for something like 25 years or so at this point, most of it post-assault weapon ban. This has coincided with the rise of concealed carry and even constitutional carry in a number of states as well as record gun sales. The efforts of activists and groups like the NRA have increased the number of guns in private hands, thus contributing directly to the reduction of violent crime.

Oh, I know that’s not what she meant, but what she meant is nonsense. Especially since she’s laboring under this delusion that we’re in a more violent time than we were in the past. We’re not, and that’s because of pro-gun activists and groups, not whiney anti-gunners and their hurt feelings.

But that doesn’t matter. People like Wasserman Schultz will constantly keep pushing that the NRA is anything like a terrorist organization, understanding well that if you repeat a lie long enough, people will accept it as the truth.

The problem is, it’s not, and we’re not about to stand here and let anyone claim otherwise without presenting actual evidence.

May 27, 2022 1:15 PM ET