With “gun violence” continuing to plummet (while gun sales continue to soar), the gun prohibitionists are apparently running low on “gun violence” to exploit, and are thus reduced to blaming their favorite bogeyman, the NRA, for violence committed (or at least attempted) without guns. St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner noted in April that some were blaming the NRA for the Boston bombing. Politico quoted MSNBC’s resident socialist (oops–that doesn’t narrow things down much, does it?) Lawrence O’Donnell, claiming that without the NRA’s influence, the black powder used in the bombs would have had chemical “taggants” to help trace the bomb-making materials:
“The NRA’s effort to guarantee that America’s mass murderers are the best equipped mass murderers in the world is not limited to those who use automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. The NRA is also in the business of helping bombers get away with their crimes,” O’Donnell continued.
Now, O’Donnell claims (with enthusiastic support from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who calls the O’Donnell piece an “important segment”) that it’s the NRA’s fault that ricin-laced letters have been sent to President Obama, New York City MayorMichael Bloomberg and to the headquarters of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc.). Why? Apparently because the NRA has long been vocal in its criticism of Obama’s and Bloomberg’s fanatical anti-gun extremism, and in its promise to defy the anti-gun agenda:
The threat in that letter to Mayor Bloomberg echoed [NRA executive director] Wayne LaPierre’s “never surrender” battle cry.
In other words, if you say something, and someone you have never met commits or attempts a heinous act, while saying something similar to what you said–his crazy crime is somehow your fault.
O’Donnell and his guests attempt to justify this decidedly odd “logic” by claiming that LaPierre’s references to Obama and Bloomberg as “enemies of the Constitution” and of freedom are “lies,” and thus “irresponsible.” Hmm–remember Obama saying that the Constitution is “an imperfect document,” reflecting “deep flaws in American culture,” and Bloomberg arguing that our laws, and interpretation of the Constitution, “have to change”?
Come again? It’s “irresponsible” to point out that powerful public officials are pushing an agenda that is a dire, direct threat to liberty? The only “responsible” course is to just shut up and let them pursue that agenda without challenge?
Actually, O’Donnell sounds almost reasonable compared to the fanatic who wrote this article inPoliticus USA, claiming that LaPierre and the NRA are directly responsible for the ricin letters.
One cannot help but wonder if O’Donnell and friends would argue that it was Professor Christopher Swindell’s fault, if someone started trying to massacre NRA members.
The bottom line is that if we are to restrict ourselves to saying only things that we are certain thatcrazy people will never use to justify doing something, well . . . crazy, we had might as well wear gags at all times, except for meals.
A government bent on tyranny would certainly appreciate it.