By now, many of you are probably aware that there was a fox on Capitol Hill. It was a bit of a running joke on Twitter and an amazing number of people were rooting for the fox.
Yes, I was one of them.
Anyway, though, now that the fox has been captured, it seems at least one lawmaker wanted to leverage the fox to advance their anti-gun narrative.
A red fox roaming the Capitol grounds was the perfect mascot for gun control, at least according to Rep. Andy Levin.
The Michigan Democrat was referring to a fox spotted by visitors of the Hill that bit people, including a member of Congress, possibly because of nearby baby foxes. Levin said the fox’s protection of her brood was something people could emulate in protecting children from gun violence.
“Maybe these foxes protecting their kits can inspire us to protect our children from gun violence. The possibilities are endless!” Levin tweeted.
Wow. That’s…pretty damn pathetic if you ask me.
I mean, I get that Levin supports gun control, but what he doesn’t grok is that protecting my children is why I have guns.
The fox didn’t try to protect its kits with regulations and rhetoric. It used the weapons God gave it to step up and protect its young.
Well, we are a tool-using species. We weren’t blessed by our creator with claws or particularly sharp teeth. What we do have, however, is a brain that allows us to create tools to meet our needs. That includes weapons that we can use to challenge larger, stronger, and faster predators.
It doesn’t matter if they walk on two legs or four. Danger comes in many forms, be it animal or human, and while I can defend myself with a plethora of weapons besides firearms (I have strange hobbies), a lot of people would be horribly outmatched and get hurt without a firearm.
On the flip side, gun control doesn’t actually protect anyone, much less our children.
I know, I know, people like Levin say that it does. They think that it does. They believe it with every fiber of their being.
They’re just wrong.
Time and time again, we’ve seen how gun research–the research used to justify these beliefs–is just plain wrong. Still, they keep churning out bad research that just reinforces this erroneous belief.
The Capitol Hill fox was defending its home and its young. Yet Levin is saying that the lesson here is to take away the fox’s teeth and claws because a wolf is running around somewhere else. It just doesn’t make any sense.
Of course, then again, neither does trying to use the cute side story of a fox running around D.C. to make a point about gun control, but that didn’t stop Levin from doing it anyway.
I understand that the gun debate will continue for the foreseeable future. However, if there’s one thing I’d like to ask the anti-gun jihadists out there, it’s to please stop pretending we don’t care about our kids. It’s tired and stupid.